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Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research


Center faculty play important roles in educating Johns Hopkins public health students who are interested in the prevention of gun violence. Our Center’s reputation as a leader in gun violence prevention policy attracts Masters and Doctoral-level students from around the world who are interested in pursuing careers in research, advocacy, and education.

Many of the nation’s premier gun violence prevention researchers have completed their training at Johns Hopkins and/or with our Center, including: Steve Teret, Garen Wintemute, Steve Hargarten, Daniel Webster, Jon Vernick, Shannon Frattaroli, Charles Branas, April Zeoli, Beth McGinty, Lisa Hepburn, Jennifer Mendel Whitehill, and Maria Bulzachelli.

Seminars & Courses taught by Center for Gun Policy and Research faculty (2018-2019)


Online and In-Person Training on Gun Violence Prevention

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research received a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to offer learners access to courses on gun violence prevention (GVP) taught by some of the world’s leading GVP researchers.

Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change Programs


  1. A MOOC (massive open online course) called “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change” is now available on Coursera. The purpose of the MOOC is to help learners understand relevant legal issues and effectively use data that are most relevant to policy debates on gun violence. Learners will gain an understanding of the interventions with the greatest impact on gun violence and common concerns and arguments made about gun policies.

    Interested in learning more? Take a look at the Course Resource List.

    Previous Bloomberg School MOOCs, which by design are tuition-free, have attracted a total of over 6 million registrants from around the world.
  2.  A Teach-Out on Purchaser Licensing will launch January of 2020. This is a one-month, highly interactive online course. Come back soon for more information!


In July 2019, approximately 50 high school students from across the U.S. traveled to Baltimore City and attended the Center’s first-ever Summer Youth Institute--a 3.5 day workshop where youth worked directly with Center faculty to learn how to translate gun policy and research into action, inform advocacy efforts, and pursue actionable change within their own communities.

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