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Injury and Violence Prevention

Overview

Injury encompasses the undesirable consequences of a wide array of events, including crashes during transport, drowning, poisoning, falls, fires and burns, and intentional causes such as self harm, homicide, and assault. An increasing recognition of the personal and societal costs of injury has resulted in the establishment of offices and programs especially dedicated to the prevention and control of injury within state and local health departments, as well as at the national level. There is a pressing need for public health professionals with specialized training in the prevention, analysis, and control of  intentional and unintentional injuries.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention, consistent with the core competencies for the field, the student will:

  1. Be able to describe and explain the importance of injury and/or violence as a major public health problem;
  2. Be able to access, interpret, use, and present injury and/or violence data;
  3. Be able to use problem-solving methodology to identify and develop appropriate intervention strategies;
  4. Be able to evaluate injury and/or violence prevention activities;
  5. Have demonstrated ability to develop, synthesize, and apply this knowledge by compiling an integrated program plan to address an injury and/or problem of interest to them;
  6. Be able to stimulate change related to injury and/or violence prevention through policy, enforcement, advocacy, and education;
  7. Be able to disseminate information on injury and/or violence prevention to the community, policymakers, leaders, and other key stakeholders, through diverse communication networks;
  8. Have acquired in-depth knowledge, skills, and best practices necessary to address at least one specific injury and/or violence prevention topic and one type of intervention strategy.
     

Intended Audience

Students currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, other JHU graduate students, or non-JHU degree students, who are interested in injury and violence prevention.

Admissions Criteria

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are required to complete a Declaration of Intent form and submit it to the Administrative Contact. Applicants are also encouraged to contact Dr. Pollack to receive advice on selecting courses.

All other Johns Hopkins University masters and doctoral students must apply to the program using the school's online application before October 1 of the year in which they will begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Non-JHU applicants (applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the Johns Hopkins University) must also apply using the school’s online application before October 1 of the year in which they will begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, one letter of recommendation, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses:
 
305.610Issues in Injury Control and Violence Prevention2-1
OR
305.670Principles and Practice of Injury Control3-S
In addition to one of the courses listed above, students are required to complete the following courses:
300.713Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy3-4
305.613Design and Evaluation of Community Health and Safety Interventions4-3
305.861Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy (2 terms required)1-1-4
Must complete one of these courses on specific injury problems:
221.612Confronting the Burden of Injury: A Global Perspective322
305.615Occupational Injury Prevention and Safety2-3
305.630Transportation Safety: Policy and Politics2-3
330.674Suicide as a Public Health Problem343
410.626Alcohol, Society, and Health3-3
301.627Understanding and Preventing Violence3-4
330.640Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective3-4
Must complete two of the courses listed below in injury control methods:
317.600Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy431
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, W
300.712Health Policy II: Public Health Policy Formation3-2
410.650Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice4-2, W
300.714Health Policy IV: Health Policy Analysis and Synthesis3-3
306.650Public Health and the Law3-3
410.651Communication Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion3-3
309.630Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems3-4
301.645Health Advocacy3-4, S
410.625Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Sciences Theories and Applications3-4
410.630Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs4-4
410.663Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice4- 

* Offered every other year

 W =Course held in Winter Institute in Baltimore/Washington DC (January)

Requirements for Successful Completion

In addition to the 4 required courses, students must complete at least 1 course in a specific content area of injury and at least 2 courses related to 1 or more injury control strategies. Except for the Graduate Seminar, students must take all courses for certificate credit for a letter grade, and receive a grade of ''B'' or better in each of these courses. Students must successfully complete at least 18 credit hours among the required and elective courses.

*Note: While not required, students completing the certificate are strongly encouraged to explore a topic relevant to injury or violence prevention for their capstone, or thesis.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
Name
Keshia Pollack
Phone (410) 502-6272
Email kpollack@jhsph.edu

Administrative Contact
Name
Pamela Davis
Phone (410) 614-1580
Email pdavis@jhsph.edu

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.

  1. The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are interested in Injury and Violence Prevention.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years. Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms. The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term. Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval. Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.