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, with the exception of JHSPH MAS degree students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. JHU graduate students or non-JHU degree students who are interested in injury and violence prevention are also eligible.
Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent forms that current JHSPH students must complete.
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 enroll in the certificate program.
Requirements for Successful Completion
In addition to the 3 required courses, students must complete at least 2 courses 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, all required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework. Students must successfully complete at least 20 credit hours 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 should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program 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.
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.
Issues in Injury Control and Violence Prevention
Principles and Practice of Injury Control*
|305.865*||Advanced Seminar in Injury Prevention*||2||-||SI*|
In addition to one of the courses listed above, students are required to complete the following course:
|305.861||Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy (4 terms required)||4||-||1-4|
Must complete two of these courses on specific injury problems:
Confronting the Burden of Injury: A Global Perspective
|301.627||Understanding and Preventing Violence||3||-||3|
Occupation Injury Prevention and Safety Practice*
Transportation Policy and Health
|330.640||Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective||3||-||4|
Suicide as a Public Health Problem
Must complete two of the courses listed below in injury control methods:
Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st century
Public Health and the Law
|317.600||Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy||4||1,3||1|
|410.620||Program Planning for Health Behavior Change||3||4||1,WI|
|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|
|410.650||Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice||4||-||2,W|
Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies for Effective Communication
Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice
|221.631||Evaluation Methods for Injury Interventions||3||3||-|
(Please read course description carefully for course requirements)
|Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy||3||-||3|
|305.684||Health Impact Assessment||3||-||3|
* 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
Health Policy and Management
Certificate Program Contact
Name: Pamela Davis
Phone: (410) 614-1580
Name: Jon Vernick
Gainful Employment Program Information
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