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Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Epidemiology

Onsite or Online | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Certificate Program

The certificate program in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety will provide learners with core knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, as well as insights from these fields that can inform the work of policy-makers, patients, clinicians and payers seeking to improve the quality and safety of medication use.

This certificate program is open to masters and doctoral degree students enrolled at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in other Johns Hopkins University divisions, including the Schools of Medicine and Nursing and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. It is also available to early and mid-career public health professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety to inform their work in academic, regulatory, or industry settings.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the core courses required for the Pharmacoepidemiology certificate program, participants will have the ability to:

  1. Identify the processes of drug development;
  2. Explain key requirements in biomedical product regulation and their rationale;
  3. Participate in the design of studies, both observational and experimental, to assess the effectiveness and safety of drugs;
  4. Employ techniques to study the patterns and determinants of drug utilization;
  5. Apply methods appropriate to the surveillance for adverse drug events.

Curriculum for the Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Certificate Program

Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

The certificate program is open to currently enrolled master's and doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of BSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program.

Applying to this certificate program as a JHU graduate student 

Applicants who are already enrolled in graduate programs at JHU must submit a short letter of interest and CV/resumé to the Certificate Program Contact, and complete a Declaration of Intent form prior to starting coursework. 

Eligible Start Terms:

Summer, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

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Non-Degree Students

Students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong academic record are eligible for admission to this certificate program.

Eligible Start Terms:

1st and 3rd

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree applicant

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express

Prerequisites or special requirements

Applicants must have three (3) years of professional health care experience in a related field.

Application for Non-Degree Students


Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Financial Aid Eligibility: U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in this certificate program may be eligible to apply for Title IV financial aid. Please contact the JHU Office of Student Enrollment and Account Management (SEAM) for more information.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Certificate Program Contact
Sheila Small

Faculty Sponsor
G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS
Jodi Segal, MD, MPH