Injury and Violence Prevention Certificate Program


Students with certificates
IPRCE’s proposal for an Injury & Violence Prevention Certificate Program was approved by the Emory University Board of Trustees on May 7, 2013. The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach of training and mentoring students in preparation for leadership in injury prevention or a related field. The program is coordinated through the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory and connects students to a broad network of professionals and organizations working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in injury and violence prevention. The administration of the program is based at IPRCE; however, the program is housed within the Laney Graduate School (LGS) and open to students at LGS and the Rollins School of Public Health. A faculty steering committee consisting of five faculty members from Medicine/Public Health, Sociology, Psychology, Religion, and Women’s Studies meets once a semester to help ensure processes for program management and are responsible for any decision-making and policy changes related to the program.


The purpose of this program is to enhance graduate education and prepare students to become leaders of injury and violence prevention within their chosen discipline.

This will be achieved by:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of injury and violence prevention within the graduate student population and engaging Emory’s scholars around an issue of great relevance to society;
  • Increasing the understanding of the causes, consequences and control strategies for injury and violence among students in varied disciplines;
  • Educating graduate students on research design and analysis methods used to study injury and prevention;
  • Exposing students to a vast network of injury experts and practitioners to aid in their professional development.

Participants in the program will receive a notation on their transcripts and a certificate as well as a broad set of experiences and skills relevant to careers in violence and injury prevention and a personal connection to the professional network represented by the IPRCE.

Students in the program will gain access to relevant courses across Laney/Rollins and a variety of practicum opportunities, and will conduct relevant research while preparing to work in a field related to injury prevention.


Click here for the Rollins MPH/MSPH application

Click here for the Laney PhD application

All questions and completed applications should be directed to Dr. Dorian Lamis at

Requirements - click here for video guide

  • Applicants must be full-time MPH or MSPH students at the Rollins School of Public Health or doctoral students at the Laney Graduate School.
  • Students’ enrollment in the certificate program is based on their academic goals and demonstrated interest in injury and violence prevention
  • The required application materials are: a current transcript (unofficial – Emory or from undergraduate studies), an updated resume or CV, an advisor’s signature, a reflection statement, and completion of the application form
    • The reflective statement should briefly explain how your professional and/or personal ambitions will benefit from the academic coursework, practicum experience, and capstone/thesis or special project (for MPH/MSPH), or dissertation (for PhD), required to complete this certificate. (1 page maximum)
  • Students are responsible for enrolling in the program and completing the requirements during their degree program. The Associate Program Director is available to assist them with course enrollment and finding and selecting a practicum position; however, students are expected to be self-directed in their injury and violence prevention inquiry.

Course Requirements

  • Doctoral Certificate Requirements (15 credits)
    • Core coursework (7 credits)
      • Injury Prevention and Control, EH 580/BSHE 591M (2 credits) Fall
      • Violence as a Public Health Problem, BSHE 565 (2 credits) Spring
      • Injury Prevention Capstone Seminar (3 credits) Fall
    • Elective coursework (5 credits)
    • Practicum (3 credits)
    • Research dissertation in the area of Injury/Violence Prevention
    • IPRCE injury lectures (at least 2)
    • Checklist
  • MPH Student Requirements (12 credits)
    • Core coursework (4 credits)
      • Injury Prevention and Control, EH 580/BSHE 591M (2 credits) Fall
      • Violence as a Public Health Problem, BSHE 565 (2 credits) Spring
    • Elective coursework (5 credits)
    • Practicum in the area of Injury/Violence Prevention
    • Capstone/thesis or special project in the area of Injury/Violence Prevention (minimum of 3 credits)
    • IPRCE injury lectures (at least 2)
    • Checklist


Please click here for a checklist of certificate requirements.

Upcoming Brown Bag Lectures


Current Status

Students in classroom
Due to difficulties for MPH students in scheduling their core certificate courses within the first year of the program, participation in the program has declined. The Certificate Steering Committee provided guidance on potential changes to the program, allowing MPH students to take core certificate courses within their second year, and reducing the practicum hours for both PhD and MPH students. These recommendations were accepted by Laney Graduate School and should help increase participation in the program. Additionally, options of accepted elective classes have expanded to include a wider variety of classes scross departments and disciplines. 


Program Director

Dorian Lamis PhD
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 404-616-3533

Dorian Lamis, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Lamis is a licensed clinical psychologist, completing both his internship and postdoctoral training at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lamis has published over 100 peer reviewed articles. He serves as the president of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Atlanta Chapter. He currently provides direct clinical and administrative services in the Grady behavioral outpatient clinic, as well as supervises psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows; medical students; and residents.

Associate Director of Programs

Sharon Nieb PhD 404-251-8844

Faculty Steering Committee

Chair: Dorian Lamis, PhD

Elizabeth Bounds, PhD
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Sheryl Heron, PhD
Assistant Dean Medical Education

Scott Lilienfeld, PhD
Professor of Psychology

Sharon Nieb, PhD
Associate Program Director

Pamela Scully, PhD
WGSS and African Studies

Katherine Yount, PhD
Global Health