Please join us Spring Semester 2007
Violence Can Be Prevented!
PubH 6-123: Violence Prevention and Control: Theory, Research, and Application
NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL NOT BE OFFERED, AGAIN, UNTIL 2009.
Faculty: Mary Findorff, Ph.D., M.P.H. and guest faculty
Time: Mondays, 3:35 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (1st class - January 22nd)
Background: Injuries from all sources are the leading cause of death for persons under the age of 45 years; 38% of the deaths from injury are the result of violence! Types of violence include interpersonal violence such as homicide, assaults, child abuse, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and self-directed violence, such as suicides and suicide attempts. On an average day in America, 53 persons die from homicide, and a minimum of 18,000 persons survive interpersonal assaults, 84 persons complete suicide, and as many as 3,000 persons attempt suicide.
Costs of this violence to society are enormous. These costs include emergency department visits, inpatient hospital stays, outpatient (including treatment by physicians, chiropractors, psychologists, etc.), lost work days and workers’ compensation costs, years of potential life lost, legal costs, and other costs to the individual, including pain and suffering, disability, and decreased quality of life.
Course Description:Analyses and critique of major theories and epidemiologic research pertinent to violence, including characteristics of violence and relevant risk factors, reporting and treatment protocols, and current/potential intervention efforts and prevention initiatives; emphasis on interdisciplinary contributions to violence prevention and control. For students with interests in violence prevention and control from various disciplines including public health, nursing, law, medicine, social work, law enforcement, education, and psychology, etc., this course provides a foundation essential to the field.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course (PubH 6-123), the student will be able to:
* identify the magnitude of the problem to the degree that it is known, based on peer-reviewed literature and other resources.
* identify and discuss perspectives on the identification and characteristics of violence and relevant risk factors.
* analyze theory and research pertinent to violence.
* describe and critique procedures used in the reporting and treatment of various types of violence.
* identify potential intervention efforts and community initiatives pertinent to violence prevention and control.
* discuss the contributions of various disciplines such as nursing, public health, medicine, law enforcement, education, and social work etc. to violence prevention and control.