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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 launched in January of 2020. While the learning experience has ended, the content will be available shortly. Come back soon for more information!

Summer Youth Institute 

We are excited to announce that applications are open for the second Summer Youth Institute on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change

The Center is looking for 60-70 youth to participate in this *online* 4-day summer learning experience--Monday, July 13 – Thursday, July 16, 2020--taught by some of the world’s leading scholars on gun violence policy and prevention. The Institute is designed to provide an array of learning opportunities for youth to enhance their understanding of scientific evidence and promising solutions to gun violence, build advocacy skills, and foster networking opportunities between youth representing numerous states and diverse backgrounds. Students will learn from leading experts, including researchers, advocates, people working in communities, and fellow youth advocates. The Institute will cover gun violence in its many forms, underscoring the importance of equity, community, and diversity in developing effective policy solutions. 

Due to disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer Youth Institute will be offered as an online distance learning program. While we wish we could host students at our Baltimore campus this summer, we see the times before us as an opportunity to create virtual spaces that sustain and connect us. As part of this year’s virtual Summer Youth Institute, participants will have the chance to: 

Youth eligible and encouraged to apply:  

Online applications are closed, but we look forward to sharing more information with you about our new cohort. 

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