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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Daniel Webster
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Explores the role of public health in reducing violence and associated injuries. Focuses on factors that contribute to interpersonal violence, policy issues relevant to violence and violence prevention, and approaches to violence prevention and their effectiveness. Topics include the epidemiology of violence; biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors related to violence; intimate partner violence; the role of alcohol and other drugs; firearms policy; behavioral approaches to violence prevention; and community efforts to prevent violence.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify societal, neighborhood, family, situational, and individual (biological and psychological) factors influence the likelihood and severity of violence
Explain how and why these factors influence the likelihood or severity of violence, drawing upon existing theories
Appropriately apply public health methods, strategies, and paradigms to the problem of violence and its prevention
Identify strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs intended to reduce violence

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on three take-home problem sets.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

undergraduate students must obtain permission from instructor

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail