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Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy


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 

This summer, the Center invited 63 youth from 23 states in 52 different cities for the second Summer Youth Institute. During the four-day institute, Students had the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s leading academic researchers studying gun policy and gun violence prevention, including Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, and Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH, the director and deputy director of the Center. In addition to learning from academic researchers, students also interacted with various community leaders on the front lines of gun violence prevention and advocacy efforts. Based in cities such as Baltimore, New York City, and Los Angeles, these organizations include violence interrupters engaging with those at highest risk for gun violence, advocates for police reform, organizers of hospital-based strategies, and more.

Due to safety precautions with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Summer Youth Institute--Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change--was held virtually. Learning sessions were balanced with experiential learning exercises, small breakout group work, and activities to help students enhance their understanding of policy and effectively use data to advance their advocacy goals.

Read more about the 2020 cohort from the Great Lakes Region. Other student profiles coming soon! 

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