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Certificate Programs

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Epidemiology

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About This 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.


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 masters and doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH 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 

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit a letter of interest and anticipated course schedule to Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework.

Email Certificate Program Contact

Non-Degree Students

The certificate program is also offered to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a strong record of successful academic performance, and a minimum of three years (full-time equivalent) of professional experience in a related health care field.

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

English Language Proficiency Test Results

Results are required.

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.

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