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Training and Education

Training and education are critical for the ongoing growth and development of the injury prevention and control field. Our goal is to prepare public health researchers and practitioners to become future leaders in injury prevention and control. 

“In large part due to the efforts of faculty at Center, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has a strong infrastructure for providing public health training in injury and violence.” 

—  Renee M. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Training and Education 

Our work in this area is informed by the Nine Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention. Training and education activities are available to JHSPH students, practicing professionals, researchers and the public. 

Degree Programs

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers doctoral and master’s degrees. The Academic Program Finder can help you explore the program that is right for you. Students interested in injury prevention and control may matriculate in several Departments at the Bloomberg School, most commonly including Health Policy and Management; Health, Behavior and Society; International Health; Mental Health; and Population, Family and Reproductive Health. For more information about course offerings through the Center for Injury Research and Policy, contact Renee Johnson, Director of Training and Education. 


The Center has an extensive list of formal courses that can be taken for academic credit. 

Core injury courses include: 

  • Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy 
    305.861 (Offered each term) 

  • Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention 
    305.610 (1st term) 

  • Confronting the Burden of Injury:  A Global Perspective 
    221.612 (2nd term, 2nd term online) 

  • Suicide as a Public Health Problem 
    330.674 (3rd term, 4th term online) 

  • Understanding and Preventing Violence 
    301.627 (2nd term)  

  • Occupational Injury Prevention and Safety Practice 
    305.615 (4th term, every other year) 

  • Transportation Policy and Health 
    305.630 (4th term) 

  • Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Sciences Theories and Applications 
    410.625 (4th term, every other year) 

  • Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective 
    330.640 (4th term) 

  • Summer Institutes 
    305.670.11 (summer term, every other year) 
    305.865.11 (summer term, offered summer 2020) 

To search the School of Public Health's current and past academic catalogs, full course descriptions and current course offerings are available. 

Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention

The Center offers a Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention for both degree and non-degree seeking students. The Certificate addresses a pressing need for public health professionals with specialized training in the prevention, analysis and control of intentional and unintentional injuries. 

Students learn the fundamentals of assessing the impact of injuries on public health, identifying groups at highest risk for various types of injuries, understanding the causes of injuries and determining the most effective means of preventing injuries or reducing their severity. 

For requirements and more information, view the full description

Seminar Series

Each academic term, the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy offers a graduate seminar course on various injury topics. Seminars are open to all. Students pursuing the Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention are required to register for 305.861.71, Graduate Seminar in Injury Research and Policy, for all four terms (see Certificate for more details). The seminar series is designed to advance your understanding of injury, violence, and resulting disability as public health problems. Each term the seminar has a unique focus, including for example, foundational issues, current research, methodological approaches, unmet needs and emerging topics, as well as the application of policy, law and practice for injury and violence prevention. Students hear from leading experts in the field and read literature provided to accompany each presentation. All seminars will be offered via Zoom; links will be provided at the beginning of each term. 


The Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact

Center Director Dr. Shannon Frattaroli and colleagues launched a massive open online course (MOOC), Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact featuring ten online modules that provide learners with evidence-based and actionable solutions to curbing the epidemic at the local, state, and national level. 
The course curriculum builds off the 2017 report “Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact” prepared by the Bloomberg School and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Learners can enroll at any time and complete coursework at their own pace. After completion, students will be able to identify data sources for information about the opioid epidemic, identify key pharmaceutical players, understand the impact of prescription drug monitoring programs and explain the roles of prescribing guidelines, safe storage, treatment and reducing stigma. 
Enrollment is ongoing. Learn more about the course here

Summer Institute

The Summer Institute connects participants with public health leaders in injury prevention and control to explore real-world concerns and solutions for injury prevention. 

The Center’s Summer Institute includes two courses, Principles and Practice of Injury Prevention and Advanced Seminar in Injury Prevention, which are both offered this year and open to the public. Professionals and practitioners from diverse fields benefit from this intensive training in public health approach to injury and violence prevention.  

For more than 25 years, the Center has trained hundreds of individuals through this unique annual opportunity.  Medical care and public health professionals, community advocates and government officials from the local, state and national levels—and from around the world—have attended. The Summer Institutes help to grow the field of injury prevention and control with graduates serving in leadership roles in local, national and international agencies and organizations. 

The Center also co-teaches the Winter Institute course "Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in American Indian Communities" in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health (CIH) and the Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program.  For more information on this course, visit CIH's website or contact CIH