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Risk Sciences and Public Policy Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Departments of Environmental Health and Engineering, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management

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

About the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Certificate Program

Risk professionals are under increased pressure to interpret complex environmental and health situations in creative ways. The certificate program provides multidisciplinary education designed to increase awareness of the scientific underpinnings of risk assessment and provide a bridge between science and policy that allows innovative public health solutions to complex problems. Risk assessment methods are applied to address a wide range of environmental and public health issues including chemical, microbiological, radiological exposures, natural and man-made disasters, and to evaluate new technologies. Risk assessors are employed in academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations across multiple sectors such as agriculture, energy, environmental protection, armed forces, public health, and transportation.

Educational Objectives

Upon conclusion of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy certificate program, the student will:

  1. Be able to describe the importance of risk assessment in examining public health problems
  2. Be able to describe the methods of risk assessment and their applicability to public health problems
  3. Be able to discuss the scientific basis for assessing environmental and other public health risks
  4. Be able to complete and document a basic quantitative risk assessment for a chemical exposure
  5. Be familiar with the policy implications of the scientific relationships for reducing public health risks.

Curriculum for the Risk Sciences and Public Policy 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 for students enrolled in any JHU graduate degree program, with the exception of the BSPH MAS program.

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU degree student

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit the declaration of intent form prior to starting coursework.

Eligible Start Terms:

1st and 3rd

For degree students, priority deadline to submit intent is Oct 1, final deadline is Dec 1.

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. This certificate program is open to research scientists interested in bridging science and policy; public and private sector professionals who evaluate scientific data in the context of risk assessment and management; decision makers and risk-mangers, such as regulators, corporate executives, elected officials, economists, engineers, and lawyers; and those responsible for communicating risk, such as lobbyists, journalists, and non-governmental organizations.

Eligible Start Terms:

1st and 3rd

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student

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


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.

Sponsoring Departments
Health Policy and Management
Environmental Health and Engineering

Certificate Program Contact
Pamela Davis

Faculty Sponsor
Mary Fox, PhD
Faculty Co-Sponsor
Keeve Nachman, PhD