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May 17, 2022


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Provides an understanding of approaches to measuring the burden of injuries around the world and familiarizes students with current estimates of the burden of injuries in the global and developing world. Develops basic skills for assessment of injury epidemiology. Provides an appreciation of how to use these measures for planning interventions for injury prevention and creates awareness of the economic implications of injuries in the developing world. Promotes effective use of data for appropriate policy analysis for reduction of injury burden.

Course Description

The course covers the following topics:
  • Module 1 introduces the course and its goals, discusses course logistics, reviews injury prevention concepts, and presents the need for implementation of injury prevention interventions throughout the world.
  • Module 2 describes methods for assessing the magnitude of the injury problem in terms of mortality, morbidity, disability, costs, and exposure.
  • Module 3 presents case studies in greater detail through a series of complementary lectures.
  • Module 4 explains how injury prevention interventions are selected, implemented, enforced, and evaluated. Also highlighted in this module are methodological issues related to evaluation.
  • Module 5 examines the state of emergency services and trauma systems around the world and presents the essential features of a responsive acute care system for injuries.
  • Module 6 discusses complementary aspects of injury prevention, including alcohol.

Course Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students are able to:
  • Identify the current estimates of the burden of injuries globally
  • Describe approaches to measuring the burden of injuries, including costs
  • Assess the magnitude of the problem and evaluate the current/potential interventions
  • Use data for policy development and provide tools to conduct policy analysis for reduction of injury burden

Course Curriculum

    • Lecture 0: Optional Review Lecture 01:40:00
    • Lecture 1: Introduction 01:40:00
    • Lecture 2: Mortality 03:20:00
    • Lecture 3: Morbidity 05:50:00
    • Lecture 4: Events 03:20:00
    • Lecture 5: Cost 03:40:00
    • Lecture 6: Case Study: Motorcycle Injuries in Malaysia 02:30:00
    • Lecture 7: Choosing and Implementing Interventions 02:30:00
    • Lecture 8: Evaluation 02:30:00
    • Lecture 9: Acute Care 05:00:00
    • Lecture 10: Alcohol 03:40:00
    • Lecture 11: Intentional Injuries and Violence 03:40:00
    • Confronting the Burden of Injuries Assignments 24 hours

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