BSHES 560R: Firearm Injury Theory & Prevention Course Offering

BSHES 560R: Firearm Injury Theory & Prevention Course Offering

The Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences at Rollins will offer an elective course (BSHES 560R) in Firearm Injury Theory & Prevention this fall. 

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the concept of firearm-related injury and death as a public health crisis and focuses on the social, structural, and behavioral aspects of interpersonal and self-directed violence. From theory to practice, students will integrate basic and comprehensive public health concepts with data to influence novel violence prevention strategies and policies. 

Course Instructors:

Dr. Randi Smith: Dr. Smith received her MD degree from the University of California San Francisco, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco – East Bay, and her fellowship in trauma and critical care surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith serves as a trauma surgeon and surgical ICU doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital. Her special interests include violence prevention, clinical outcomes with a focus on understanding the social determinate of health that lead to trauma and health disparities. 

In 2017, Dr. Smith joined the Violence Prevention Task Force, based out of the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE), and became a core faculty member. She spearheads many community outreach efforts and has gained a national reputation for her involvement in hospital-based violence prevention strategies. 

Dr. Lauren Hudak: Lauren Hudak, MD, MPH is an attending physician of Emergency Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, and an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Hudak’s clinical interests include the care of trauma and injury patients with a focus on victims off sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and firearm injured patients. Her research interests include the impact of violence and injury on mental health and the community, as well as firearm injury prevention in the clinical environment. She is the Assistant Director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) where she is the Co-Chair of the Violence Prevention Task Force collaborating with multiple Atlanta area research and community organizations. 

Dr. Haduk serves as the Emergency Medicines Sexual Violence curriculum director, coordinating training for the sexual assault forensic examination as well as comprehensive advocacy focused clinical care. Her current research projects include examining the effectiveness of firearm safety discussions with patients as well as assessing firearm injury trends, risk and protective factors, and hospital based violence intervention in the healthcare setting. 


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