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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.

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.

Course of Study

Students should carefully review the certificate program page on the JHU e-catalogue site for full information about program requirements and courses. 


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.

Admissions Process

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but  must submit declaration of intent prior to start. Priority deadline to submit intent is October 1; Final deadline to submit intent is December 1

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1 & 3.

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program and application deadlines. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1 & 3.

TOEFL/IELTS: Not required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: None

Requirements for Successful Completion

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.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Certificate Program Contact
 Pamela Davis
Phone: (410) 614-1580

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Jon Vernick