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Melissa A Schiff
EPI 585
Seattle Campus

Injury and Violence: A Public Health Approach

Focuses on broad concepts including a conceptual model, surveillance, research methods, control and prevention of injuries. Topics include unintentional injuries from motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, sports injuries and intentional injuries from youth violence, intimate partner violence, homicide and suicide. Recommended: EPI 511. Offered: A, even years.

Class description

This course is designed to give the student an introduction to injury research, control and prevention. This course will cover general principles of injury research including Haddon’s matrix, injury classification and rates, injury surveillance, injury research methods and the three E’s of injury control and prevention – education, environmental modification, and enforcement. These general principles will be applied to the study of specific areas of unintentional and intentional injury including motor vehicle crashes, pedestrians, falls, fire-related injuries, unintentional poisoning, youth violence, family violence, homicide and firearms, and suicide. As the area of injury research, control and prevention utilizes an inter-disciplinary approach, this course will be targeted for graduate level students in public health, nursing, psychology, social work, and public policy.

Student learning goals

1. Describe Haddon’s matrix and be able to apply its use to the study of injury topics.

2. Describe at least three methods of injury classification.

3. Describe different types and appropriateness of study designs and methodology used for injury research.

4. Identify existing injury databases and understand their uses and limitations for research on an injury topic.

5. Identify and describe the magnitude and nature of the major injury problems.

6. Describe the injury control and prevention strategies for the major injury problems.

General method of instruction

Class sessions are divided into didactic presentations on injury topics followed by student and faculty discussion based on in-class exercises.

Recommended preparation

Basic introductory course in epidemiology is helpful but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments involve reading several articles relevant to a particular topic. Grading is based on in-class participation, an exercise using the CDC WISQARS data base, 2 short paper reviews and a final paper and presentation.

Student participation in class discussions 20% Injury database exercise 20% 2 short paper reviews 20% Final presentation and paper 40%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Melissa A Schiff
Date: 11/19/2012