Violence Courses

Principles of Injury Control

 (ID240) Spring 1

Dr. David Hemenway, Ph.D.

This course introduces a serious public health problem – intentional and unintentional injury – and provides frameworks for examining control options (e.g. the Haddon Matrix). Specific categories of injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes and violence, and specific risk factors for serious injury such as alcohol and firearms, are examined in detail. This course had an attendance of 40 students and received the highest possible excellence rating from students.


American Violence: The Intersection Between Home and Street

(HPM518) Spring 1

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.

This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore risk factors and remedies for the high occurrence of violence in the United States. Special emphasis will be given to the public health approach to violence prevention, and to successes of public health work in addressing youth and community violence over the past two decades. Course sessions will trace the links between exposure to violence in childhood and involvement in interpersonal and street-based violence later in life. Early warning signs and dynamics of violence in dating, common-law, marriage and terminated relationships will be reviewed, as will juvenile offenses and responses by the criminal justice and health care sectors. Students interested in doing clinical work, policy and program design, or research are encouraged to use this course as a foundation. Supplemented by insights from practioners, this course will provide a rich context for understanding policy and programmatic challenges in addressing the high incidence of violence in this country. This course received a high excellence rating from students.


High-Risk Behavior: Epidemiology and Prevention Strategies

(SHH219) Spring 2

Dr. Beth Molnar

This course examines epidemiology of behaviors that place an individual at higher risk of injuries and mortality such as substance abuse, violence, and risky sexual behaviors. Emphasis is placed on developmental and environmental factors that support these behaviors, as well as on strategies for prevention.



The Practice of Preventing Intimate Partner Violence
(HSB237) Fall 2

Dr. Jay Silverman, Ph.D

This course will present students with the state of knowledge in the field of intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention (i.e., epidemiology of adolescent and adult perpetration and victimization, prevention program models and legal frameworks, evaluations of prevention programs, approaches to research), and how individuals with academic public health training can work with practitioners and policy makers to improve IPV prevention in a range of practice areas.