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Vaccine Science and Policy Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of International Health

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Vaccine Science and Policy Certificate Program

The certificate program provides a framework for understanding vaccine science and policy, from clinical research to implementation, in both the United States and internationally.

Educational Objectives

After successfully completing this certificate, students will be prepared to:

  1. Understand the detailed process of developing, preparing, evaluating and using vaccines;
  2. Identify, analyze, and critique cutting-edge strategies for approaching vaccine development;
  3. Identify and describe the scientific and policy obstacles preventing development of effective vaccines for several important human pathogens;
  4. Understand current national and international policy issues in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, supply and utilization;
  5. Understand global finance policies and strategies for funding vaccine research and development, for purchasing vaccines, and for the implementation and evaluation of vaccine delivery programs and campaigns;
  6. Communicate with the key stakeholders and institutions involved in formulating vaccine policy in the United States and globally;
  7. Explain policy and regulatory requirements and their application in clinical vaccine trials to assure quality and protection of human subjects;
  8. Explain the Good Clinical Practice standards for the design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analyses, and reporting of clinical vaccine trials.

Curriculum for the Vaccine Science and 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

This certificate program is relevant to students with an interest in vaccine development, evaluation, and policy. It is open to all students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with the exception of MAS students, who are not eligible.

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at the Bloomberg School are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but prior to starting coursework, applicants must submit the notification of intent form and select "Vaccine Science and Policy."

Eligible Start Terms:


Non-Degree Students

This certificate program is only open to individuals who are currently matriculated in a graduate degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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.

Sponsoring Department
International Health

Faculty Sponsor
Anna Durbin