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Violence Prevention Certificate

Violence is a leading health burden in the U.S. and globally and plays a significant role in shaping population health and health disparities. This concentrated training in violence prevention is aimed at improving our capacity to monitor, research, and address violence as a root cause of negative health outcomes and disparities in health. Courses in this certificate program combine theory and methods to understand and address violence from multiple levels and throughout the lifespan.

Offered by: Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences

Faculty Lead: Julia Fleckman, PhD

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Certificate Purpose

This certificate program provides training to scholars and practitioners in the conduct of research and evaluation methods aimed at violence prevention, one of the most important social determinants of health and health disparities. The certificate is aimed at master’s students who want training in violence prevention, specifically, preparing them for a career in violence and injury prevention. Students will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, both research and practice, and at multiple levels, but also in other non-public health and interdisciplinary settings.

Eligible Students

This certificate program is designed for all enrolled MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM degree students.

Certificate Competencies

Students who earn then the Certificate in Violence Prevention will be able to:

  • Articulate the causes and consequences of multiple forms of violence, and mechanisms for violence prevention.
  • Analyze the intersection of scientific evidence and practice in violence prevention.
  • Plan research and evaluation strategies to answer key violence prevention questions and evaluate programming, with a community-informed lens.
  • Develop applied skills to competently engage in violence prevention efforts from a public health perspective.

Number of Credits Required for Completion: 12

Prerequisite Courses
  • SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs
Required Courses

Required Content Area Courses (4 credits total)

  • SBPS 6500 Violence as a Public Health Problem
  • SBPS 6260 Violence Prevention Studio Seminar 

Select one methods course relevant to your interest in violence prevention (3 credits total)

  • SBPS 7010 Health Communication Theory and Practice
  • SBPS 6700 Social Innovation for Public Health Professionals
  • SBPS 7200 Development Issues: Theory and Measurement
  • SBPS 7220 Community Organization
  • SBPS/IHSD/EPID/HPAM 7990 Independent Study (certificate director approval required)
  • IHSD 6200 Evaluation of Global Health Program
  • IHSD 6300 Monitoring of Global Health Program
  • IHSD 7210 Survey Data Analysis in Family Planning
  • EPID 6350 Implementation Science in Health Implementation Science
  • EPID 6600 Social Epidemiology: Mechanisms of Disparities
  • EPID 7110 Spatial Epidemiology
  • HPAM 7100 Population Health Analytics
  • HPAM 7660 Health Policy Analysis
  • SOWK 7230 Community Organization and Policy Advocacy

Select two interdisciplinary electives course relevant to your interest in violence prevention (5-6 credits total)

  • SBPS 6870 Adolescent Health Policies and Programs
  • SBPS 6460 Child Health & Development
  • SBPS 6360 Sexual Health: A PH Perspective
  • SBPS/IHSD/SOWK/PSYC 7990 Independent Study (certificate director approval required)
  • IHSD 7070 The Social Determinants of HIV and AIDS
  • SOWK 7015 Collective Trauma
  • SOWK 7130 Diversity and Social Justice
  • PSYC 6590 Stress & Trauma
  • PSYC 7150 Advanced Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 7020 Developmental Psychology

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals