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 with Civil Engineering as C265 and Public Health C285.
Injury Prevention and Control is offered in the fall. Traffic Safety and Injury Control is offered in the spring.