Injury and Violence Prevention Certificate Program


The Injury and Violence Prevention certificate program uses an interdisciplinary approach to train and mentor graduate students enrolled at Emory University. Students in this program have the unique experience to prepare for leadership positions in the injury, violence, and overdose prevention field.

The administration of the certificate program is offered through a joint effort between IPRCE and the Laney Graduate School (LGS). 

This certificate program connects students to a broad network of injury and violence prevention practitioners and organizations. 

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to become leaders in the injury and violence prevention field. 

Benefits 

Students in the program will receive a notation on their transcripts and a certificate of completion. Also, students will have access to scholarship and fellowship opportunities, direct connections to professional networks and potential employers, and applied practice experiences that focus on skills building and professional development. 

Students in the program will gain access to relevant courses across LGS/Rollins and injury-related research.

Certificate Program Information Session

All questions and completed applications should be directed to Dr. Dorian Lamis at dorian.lamis@emory.edu.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • 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:
    • completed application form
    • current transcript (unofficial – Emory or from undergraduate studies)
    • an updated resume or CV
    • a reflection statement
      • 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.

Program 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)
    • Students will complete a brief 4-6 page paper about how the certificate program has/will inform their practice/career
    • Research dissertation in the area of injury/Violence Prevention
    • Attend four IPRCE hosted or co-hosted injury lectures each year (this includes live webinars, brown bags, or presentations. This does not include Facebook Live sessions or previously recorded webinars, brown bags, or presentations)
    • Complete 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 - Recommended Practicum Sites
    • Capstone/thesis or special project in the area of Injury/Violence Prevention (minimum of 3 credits)
    • Attend four IPRCE hosted or co-hosted injury lectures each year (this includes live webinars, brown bags, or presentations. This does not include Facebook Live sessions or previously recorded webinars, brown bags, or presentations)
    • Complete Checklist 

Certificate Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Leadership

Program Director 

Dorian Lamis
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
dorian.lamis@emory.edu
404.616.3533

Associate Director of Program

Sharon Nieb, PhD, MSW
sharon.lynn.nieb@emory.edu
404.251.8844

Faculty Steering Committee

Dorian Lamis, PhD, ABPP; Chair 
Assistant Professor; Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
dorian.lamis@emory.edu

Lisa Dawson, MPH 
Director of Injury Prevention Program, Georgia Department of Public Health 
lisa.dawson@dph.ga.gov

Elizabeth Bounds, PhD
Associate Professor; Christian Ethics
ebounds@emory.edu

Dian Dowling Evans, PhD 
Clinical Professor; Woodruff School of Nursing  
ddevans@emory.edu

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH
Professor; Emergency Medicine; Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion
sheron@emory.edu

Ursula Kelly, PhD  
Professor, Woodruff School of Nursing 
ukelly@emory.edu  

Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP 
Professor; Pediatrics 
tmcfadd@emory.edu 

Sharon Nieb, PhD
IPRCE Program Director
sharon.lynn.nieb@emory.edu

Joseph Saleh, PhD
Associate Professor; Aerospace Engineering; Georgia Tech
Joseph.saleh@aerospace.gatech.edu 

Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD
Assistant Professor; Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences
bwoodsjaeger@emory.edu

Kathryn Yount, PhD
Professor; Global Health
kyount@emory.edu