Meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5 PM in 212 O’Brien
Instructor: David Ragland, PhD, MPH Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Studies and the School of Public Health
Guest Instructors: Offer Grembek, PhD (UC Berkeley) Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Studies and the School of Public Health
Koohong Chung, PhD (UC Berkeley), PE California Department of Transportation, Highway Operations Special Studies
Injuries from traffic crashes are a major cause of death and disability in the United States and around the world. In the United States, for people aged 1 to 34, injury from traffic crashes is the leading cause of death and disability, and it is a major cause for all age groups.
The course will examine principles of engineering and behavioral science relevant to preventing traffic collisions and subsequent injury. Human behavior, vehicle design, and roadway design will be considered as interacting approaches to preventing traffic crashes and injuries. Safety of vulnerable road users (primarily pedestrians and bicyclists) will be covered extensively.
Specific skill sets developed in the class are: (i) Analysis of traffic collision and injury data; (ii) Analysis of collision risk in a road network (network screening); (iii) Identifying crash causal factors; (iv) Identifying and evaluating countermeasures; (v) Principles of road safety management.
This year we will feature two special modules: Global Road Safety and Road Safety Management in a Multimodal Environment.
Class grade will be based on homework assignments (30%), participation (20%), and a research paper (50%). The research paper is often successfully submitted to conferences and journals after the class has ended.
This course is open to students of all academic backgrounds. Undergraduates welcome; please contact instructor for permission.
Instructors: David Ragland, Director, SafeTREC, and Glenn Shor, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health School of Public Health.
Public Health Burden of Injury
Injury, including unintentional injury, and injury due to violence, is a major and often neglected health problem with substantial human and economic costs.
Injury is the leading cause of death from the first year of life to age 45.
Injury is the leading cause of lost potential years of life, surpassing AIDS and cancer.
To increase knowledge and understanding of injuries as a major public health problem. (size and scope of the problem, social costs of injury, financial burden to health care system).
To increase understanding of methods and approaches in injury epidemiology (measuring exposure, risk assessment, models of accidents and injury.
To increase understanding of current methods and approaches of controlling injuries.(range of methods and approaches, methods for choosing optimal approaches, approaches to implementation, and evaluation).
Topics for Fall Semester 2014
The general topic of injury is very diverse, including unintentional and intentional injury. This semester will begin with an overview of the field of injury. Most of the rest of the semester will focus on three or four injury topics:
Occupational injury, including workplace violence
Injury due to medical error and medical malpractice
Injury due to violence, including gun-related violence
These topics, in addition to being of great importance in their own right, illustrate the role of data and information in understanding injury as well as the major approaches to injury prevention.
Readings, attendance, and participation in class
Website Summary/Data Exercise
Class project: Brief paper on a current injury incident; PowerPoint presentation summarizing the paper.
(Optional, one credit): Extended paper in style of publishable manuscript
SafeTREC faculty and researchers have developed two upper division courses: Public Health 285A Injury Prevention and Control, and Traffic Safety and Injury Control, which is cross-listed as Civil Engineering C265 and Public Health C285.
Injury Prevention and Control is offered in the fall. Traffic Safety and Injury Control is offered in the spring.