Tuition-Free Online Course To Share Gun Violence Prevention Strategies

Originally published on May 10, 2019 1:38 pm

Johns Hopkins University will share gun violence prevention research and strategies through a new massive open online course (MOOC) beginning Monday.

Subject experts, including mental and reproductive health professionals and experts on global affairs, will deliver course content in six modules, including legal issues surrounding gun violence and gun regulation.

The course, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change, seeks to “prepare students to use research and data to counter those who oppose evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence.”

“Gun violence is one of our most significant public safety and social problems facing Americans. And people are affected by this whether they’ve lost loved ones or they simply fear for their children’s safety when they send them to school,” Daniel Webster, director of the Center

for Gun Policy and Research, said in a phone interview.

The six week, tuition-free program will run multiple times a year with a goal of enrolling at least 20,000 students annually. Each of the six modules includes 90 minutes of lecture material and supplemental readings and assignments.

“It’s a course designed to really help people understand what do we know about the causes of gun violence,” Webster said. “Who is most affected, what are the broad range of potential strategies to address the problem.”

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