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Gun Violence EpidemiologyCommunity ChangePublic Health InterventionsAmerican Law & Policy

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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Guns and Gun Violence in America

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11 videos (Total 101 min), 3 readings, 6 quizzes
11 videos
Introduction to Guns and Gun Violence in America48s
The Impact of Gun Violence in the United States18m
Trends in Gun Ownership and Use6m
Defensive Gun Use, Gun Access, and Implications for Public Safety7m
Understanding Legal & Illegal Gun Markets11m
Firearm Ownership & Risk for Lethal Violence24m
Firearms & Suicide Risk: Background6m
Firearms and Suicide: Empirical Studies6m
Firearms and Suicide: Are We Acting on What We Already Know?6m
Wrap-Up of Guns and Gun Violence in America7m
3 readings
Course Reference List10m
Faculty Profiles10m
Further Reading on Guns and Gun Violence in America10m
6 practice exercises
Setting Goals for this Course2m
Pre-Course Survey5m
The Impact of Gun Violence in the United States Practice Quiz5m
Civilian Gun Ownership and Use Practice Quiz5m
What is the relationship between exposure to guns and risk of harm? Practice Quiz5m
Guns and Gun Violence in America30m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Legal Issues Relevant to Preventing Gun Violence

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12 videos (Total 94 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
12 videos
Federal, State, and Local Powers10m
The Second Amendment and Gun Policy5m
Present & Future of the 2nd Amendment9m
Interview with Brian Frosh, Attorney General of Maryland14m
Litigation as a Public Health Strategy5m
Obstacles to Research, Policy Advancement, and Data Transparency3m
Evidence for Age-Related Firearm Restrictions from Developmental Science8m
Child Access Prevention Laws5m
The Intersections of Gun Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Gun Policy15m
Violent Misdemeanors, Alcohol, & Drugs5m
Wrap-Up of Legal Issues Relevant to Preventing Gun Violence8m
1 reading
Further Reading on Legal Issues Relevant to Preventing Gun Violence10m
2 practice exercises
Legal Issues Relevant to Preventing Gun Violence Practice Quiz10m
Legal Issues Relevant to Preventing Gun Violence Quiz30m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Evidence-Based Policies to Prevent Gun Violence

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9 videos (Total 94 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
9 videos
How Mental Illness and Violence are Related (and Not Related) and Why It Matters10m
Firearm Restrictions Affecting People with Mental Illness: Are the Laws Effective, and What Other Approaches are Needed?5m
Case Study – Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy42m
Background Checks4m
Purchaser Licensing4m
Waiting Periods4m
Reducing the Diversion of Guns to Criminals through Effective Regulation and Oversight of Gun Dealers13m
Wrap-Up of Evidence-Based Policies to Prevent Gun Violence7m
1 reading
Further Reading on Evidence-Based Policies to Prevent Gun Violence10m
6 practice exercises
Thinking Differently about Mental Illness and Gun Violence Practice Quiz5m
Case Study: Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy Practice Quiz5m
Keeping Guns from Prohibited People Practice Quiz5m
Reducing the Diversion of Guns to Criminals through Effective Regulation and Oversight of Gun Dealers Practice Quiz5m
Wrap-Up of Evidence-Based Policies to Prevent Gun Violence Practice Quiz5m
Evidence-Based Policies to Prevent Gun Violence Quiz30m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Guns in Public Places, Schools, and Homes

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12 videos (Total 105 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
12 videos
Standards for Civilian Gun Carrying10m
"Right to Carry" Laws11m
"Stand Your Ground” Laws: Justifiable Use of Lethal Force4m
Threat Assessment & School-based Interventions: Impact of School Shootings5m
Threat Assessment & School-based Interventions: Prevalence of Shootings in Schools5m
Threat Assessment and Response in School Settings: Threat Assessment as a Violence Prevention Strategy5m
Gun-Free Zones13m
Campus Carry5m
Safe Gun Storage7m
Safe Gun Storage in Practice24m
Wrap-Up of Guns in Public Places, Schools, and Homes8m
1 reading
Further Reading for Guns in Public Places, Schools, and Homes10m
6 practice exercises
Standards for Civilian Gun Carrying: Frequency, Effectiveness, & Standards Practice Quiz5m
Understanding the Impact of Laws Permitting Gun Carrying & Defensive Gun Use Practice Quiz5m
Mass Shootings & Safety in School Settings Practice Quiz5m
Safe Gun Storage Practice Quiz5m
Wrap-Up of Guns in Public Places, Schools, and Homes Practice Quizzes5m
Guns in Public Places, Schools, and Homes Quiz30m

Instructors

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Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH

Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
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Alex McCourt, JD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Scientist
Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH

Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Bloomberg School of Public Health

About Johns Hopkins University

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • The subject matter of this course covers situations and events that are potentially disturbing to some learners. For example, suicide, domestic and intimate partner violence, violent crimes, and mass shootings are discussed throughout this course and may trigger personally traumatic experiences.

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