Injury and Violence Prevention
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.
Upon completion of the Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention, consistent with the core competencies for the field, the student will:
- Be able to describe and explain the importance of injury and/or violence as a major public health problem;
- Be able to access, interpret, use, and present injury and/or violence data;
- Be able to use problem-solving methodology to identify and develop appropriate intervention strategies;
- Be able to evaluate injury and/or violence prevention activities;
- 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;
- Be able to stimulate change related to injury and/or violence prevention through policy, enforcement, advocacy, and education;
- Be able to disseminate information on injury and/or violence prevention to the community, policymakers, leaders, and other key stakeholders, through diverse communication networks;
- 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.
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.
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.
- In the "Academic Program" module of the application, you will be asked to choose the degree program you are applying for. If you are a degree seeking student in another Johns Hopkins University school (i.e. School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Carey Business School, etc) please choose the option that says Certificate_for Credit-Hopkins Degree student.
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.
- In the "Academic Program" module of the application, you will be asked to choose the degree program you are applying for. If you are not a degree seeking student within Johns Hopkins University, please choose the option for Certificate_for Credit-Non Degree Student.
Course of Study
|Course No.||Course Title||No. Credits||Online Term||Campus Term|
|305.610||Issues in Injury Control and Violence Prevention||2||-||1|
|305.670||Principles and Practice of Injury Control||3||-||S|
|In addition to one of the courses listed above, students are required to complete the following courses:|
|300.713||Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy||3||-||4|
|305.613||Design and Evaluation of Community Health and Safety Interventions||4||-||3|
|305.861||Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy (2 terms required)||1||-||1-4|
|Must complete one of these courses on specific injury problems:|
|221.612||Confronting the Burden of Injury: A Global Perspective||3||2||2|
|305.615||Occupational Injury Prevention and Safety||2||-||3|
|305.630||Transportation Safety: Policy and Politics||2||-||3|
|330.674||Suicide as a Public Health Problem||3||4||3|
|410.626||Alcohol, Society, and Health||3||-||3|
|301.627||Understanding and Preventing Violence||3||-||4|
|330.640||Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective||3||-||4|
|Must complete two of the courses listed below in injury control methods:|
|317.600||Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy||4||3||1|
|410.620||Program Planning for Health Behavior Change||3||4||1, W|
|300.712||Health Policy II: Public Health Policy Formation||3||-||2|
|410.650||Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice||4||-||2, W|
|300.714||Health Policy IV: Health Policy Analysis and Synthesis||3||-||3|
|306.650||Public Health and the Law||3||-||3|
|410.651||Communication Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion||3||-||3|
|309.630||Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems||3||-||4|
|301.645||Health Advocacy||3||-||4, S|
|410.625||Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Sciences Theories and Applications||3||-||4|
|410.630||Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs||4||-||4|
|410.663||Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice||4||-|
* 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.
Health Policy and Management
Name Keshia Pollack
Phone (410) 502-6272
Name Pamela Davis
Phone (410) 614-1580
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
- Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
- The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.