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Accredited courses for the 2009-2010 academic year that are offered by the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are listed below.  For information on admissions and application instructions, click here or visit the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Office of Admissions webpage

Course Descriptions

Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Sciences Theories and Applications
(Course # 410.625.01) 3 credits
Instructor: Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM 
Expands students’ understanding of the role of behavioral sciences theories and methods in addressing the public health problem of injury. Both unintentional and intentional injuries have been the focus of a considerable body of behavioral science research and behavior change interventions. Students read and discuss selected examples of this work and enhance their skills in applying behavioral science theory and methods to research and practice in an injury area of interest to them. Topics include historical overview of behavior and injury; behavioral risk factors, and examples of behavior change approaches to selected injury and violence problems; risk perceptions and their role in communicating about injury and violence prevention; and the application of specific theories (e.g., diffusion of innovations, community mobilization, stages of change) to a range of injury problems.
Gender and Mental Health
(Course # 330.604.01) 3 credits
Instructor: Tamar Mendelson, PhD 
Examines gender differences in critical areas of mental health using a lifespan developmental approach. Contextualizes material using perspectives from biology, genetics, evolutionary theory, theories of socialization and feminist theories. Focuses primarily on populations, covering mental health issues relevant to childhood, adolescence, adulthood and late life. Addresses gender differences in normative development (e.g., socialization of emotion) and in major mental and behavioral disorders (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress disorder). Explores the impact of differential exposure and vulnerability to social stress (e.g., role strain) on psychological functioning. Also discusses implications for intervention and prevention.
Social Ecology of Adolescent Health
(Course # 380.725.01) 3 credits
Instructor: Kathleen Roche, MSW, PhD 
Examines health as a function of the dynamic interplay between adolescents and their social environment, including family, school and community. Discusses selected ecological frameworks for understanding contextual influences on adolescent health, as well as current applications of ecological models to research on youth violence, substance use, and early childbearing. Reviews ethnographic and survey research, with attention to the implications of ecological models for designing prevention programs.
Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention
(Course # 305.610.01) 2 credits
Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH 
Addresses prominent sources of injury, including motor vehicles, falls, fires and firearms. Explores the biological, behavioral, and social issues relating to injury and violence prevention and policy. Emphasizes basic strategies for preventing injuries and deaths in the workplace, home, travel, and recreation, and the relative effectiveness of various types of approaches.
Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence
(Course # 301.627.01) 3 credits
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.

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To register for courses offered by Center faculty:
Please note that the listed courses are components of a required curriculum for individuals pursuing a certificate or doctorate degree through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health. Interested students may apply online at accompanied by a $45 application fee.  Alternatively, a paper application may be requested from the Admissions Office, 410-955-3543, and submitted with a $75 application fee. 

Visit our website at for a complete list of the degrees offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, by phone at 410-955-3543, by email at, or by writing to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Admissions Office, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Suite E1002, Baltimore, MD  21205.