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Population Health Management Certificate Program

OFFERED BY: Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)

Online | Part-Time | 1 - 3 years

About the Population Health Management Certificate Program

Population health management has emerged as an important strategy for health care providers and payers. The Certificate in Population Health Management prepares students to examine and respond to challenges and opportunities to improve health and health equity within and across populations. The program is structured to guide professionals in transforming health care delivery into sustainable models of equitable, value-driven, accountable care.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the Certificate program in Population Health Management, the individual will acquire skills necessary to:

  1. Identify determinants of population health that impact health outcomes in a community and apply the essentials of public health practice to design low cost interventions;
  2. Lead the formation and management of contemporary health care systems that consist of, and rely upon, diverse stakeholders in the organization and delivery of community-based models of care;
  3. Communicate effectively to constituencies both within and outside of the health system;
  4. Articulate and apply frameworks for collecting, analyzing, and using data to inform decisions, facilitate care coordination, and improve health outcomes of targeted populations within and outside the health system;
  5. Develop effective collaboratives and support state and local public health agency efforts in assessing health needs, quality of services, and strategies for improving health services delivery.

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Curriculum for the Population Health Management 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

Individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or other schools at the Johns Hopkins University are not eligible for this certificate program.

Non-Degree Students

The certificate program is open to members of the health care industry and public health workforce seeking formal education and training in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and leading population health management. The program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis. The certificate program can be completed by taking all courses.

The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Students are required to have at least three years of post-baccalaureate health-related work experience in order to apply for the program.

Students interested in obtaining the related MAS degree - the Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management - may apply all of the course credits of the certificate program to the MAS program upon application and admission, as long as courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation in the MAS program. For specific questions about the MAS program, please contact the MAS Office directly at

Eligible Start Terms:


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. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.

Prerequisites or special requirements

3+ years of post-baccalaureate health-related experience and prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability

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.

Request more information or call us at 410-955-3543 to speak with an admissions officer. You can also reach us via email at

Certificate Program Advisers
Mark Bittle, DrPH
Teaching Professor, and Program Director for Certificate and MAS in Population Health Management

David Baker, DrPH, MBA
Associate Professor - Adjunct

Megan Priolo, DrPH

Debra Thompson, PhD

For Program-wide Issues
Elizabeth F. Topper, PhD, MEd, MPH
Research Professor, and Director, Master of Applied Science (MAS) Programs

For additional information, please email