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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.
     

Eligibilty

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 Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibilty and special instructions.

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In addition to the 4 required courses, students must complete at least 1 course in 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 attain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 for all certificate coursework. Students must successfully complete at least 18 credit hourse among the required and elective courses.

The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completeing all of the certificate requirements. The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year. Student should also check pre-requisites and whether instructors consent is required.

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term

 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

550.860

Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

Required Courses:

305.610

Issues in Injury Control and Violence Prevention

2

-

1

OR

305.670

Principles and Practice of Injury Control

3

-

SI

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

4

-

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

-

3

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, WI

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

Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies for Effective Communication

3

-

3

309.630

Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems*

3

-

4

301.645

Health Advocacy

3

-

4

410.625

Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Sciences Theories and Applications

3

-

4

410.630

Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs

3

-

4

410.663

Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice

3

-

4

* Offered every other year

W =Course is offered in the Winter Institute held in January in Baltimore/Washington DC

SI= Course is offered in the Summer Institute in Baltimore

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
Name
Keshia Pollack
Phone (410) 502-6272
Email kpollac1@jhu.edu

Administrative Contact
Name
Pamela Davis
Phone (410) 614-1580
Email Pamela.davis@jhu.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.