301.627.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 10:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Daniel Webster
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify societal, neighborhood, family, situational, and individual (biological and psychological) factors influence the likelihood and severity of violence
    • Explain how and why these factors influence the likelihood or severity of violence, drawing upon existing theories
    • Appropriately apply public health methods, strategies, and paradigms to the problem of violence and its prevention
    • Identify strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs intended to reduce violence
  • Course Description
    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.
  • Intended Audience
    students interested in the area of violence prevention as well as students completing the certificate in Injury Prevention program

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    These course is geared toward public health students; however, it is also relevant for students studying public policy, sociology, and psychology.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Take home mid-term paper and final paper with short presentation

  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:


  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    No textbook is required.  Course readings available through e-reserves.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics

    Causes of violence including biological, psychosocial, social structure, culture, economic conditions, community conditions (physical and social disorder, collective efficacy), alcohol and drug abuse, and the availability and lethality of weapons. Much of the course will focus on family and youth violence. Course will examine the following policy areas - housing, alcohol, drugs, firearms, social service, criminal justice, and juvenile justice.

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.