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Childhood Victimization: An Overview of Public Health Efforts

Summer Institute
Mental Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
End Date
Thursday, May 30, 2024
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
Next Offered
Only offered in 2024
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 the public health approach to responding to and preventing child maltreatment and violence exposure. Delves into externalizing experiences to childhood violence exposure (e.g., hurt people hurt people) and how structural racism impacts systemic responses to survivors. Includes a discussion of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and domestic and community violence exposure from a public health perspective. Familiarizes students with public health strategies used to address three related domains: detection and prevention, treating victims/survivors, and interventions for youth and adults who use physical and sexual violence against (or in the presence of) children. Challenges students to critically examine policy and practice, using cases such as those involving child sexual abuse and neglect.
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 child maltreatment and violence exposure
  2. Learn strategies for addressing exposure to violence and use of physical and sexual violence
  3. Gain knowledge about how systemic racism impacts childhood violence and use of violence against children
  4. Explain key components of primary prevention interventions
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 60% Participation
  • 40% Final Paper
Special Comments

The course is held in a virtual format using Zoom and there will be two one-half day sessions. The final reflection paper is due on June 30. 2024.