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Childhood Victimization: An Overview of Public Health Efforts

Course Status

Summer Institute
Mental Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
End Date
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Class Time(s)
W, Th, 1:00 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Students and professionals whose work intersects with child development, trauma, welfare or delinquency will benefit from learning about both victimization and perpetration of child maltreatment. This case-based course will include discussion of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.
Examines childhood victimization from a public health perspective. Familiarizes students with public health strategies used to address three related domains: detection and prevention, treating victims, and offender interventions. Challenges students to critically examine policy and practice, using cases such as the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Uses small group break-out sessions to help familiarize students with the public health approach to violence prevention.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the key components of a comprehensive public health approach to the prevention of childhood victimization.
  2. Critique the scope, reach, and content of services available to victims of child maltreatment.
  3. Evaluate the quality and limitations of criminal justice interventions for perpetrators of childhood violence.
  4. Explain key components of primary prevention interventions.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Final Exam
Special Comments

The course is held in a virtual format using Zoom and there will be two one-half day sessions.