Injury and Violence Prevention

Car crashes, fires, falls, drownings, poisonings, and assaults are just a few examples of the wide array of events that can cause injuries—the leading cause of death among Americans ages 1 to 44. An increased recognition of the personal and societal costs of injuries and the discovery that most are less a matter of accident and more the result of predictable and preventable events has spurred development of programs dedicated to injury prevention and control within state and county health departments as well as national agencies such as the CDC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There is a pressing need for master's-level public health professionals with specialized training in this area at the population level.
This Certificate will enable students to develop a working knowledge of the determinants of injury; understand and apply key theoretical approaches; identify measures, data sources, and issues in the measurement of major injury outcomes; and learn how to conduct injury surveillance. Students will also apply general epidemiologic and specific injury analytical methods in the design and evaluation of injury studies and evaluate injury reduction initiatives, taking into consideration laws, policies, program evaluations, and cost-effectiveness analyses.
Using Epidemiology as the base department in collaboration with Sociomedical Sciences, Population and Family Health, and Health Policy and Management, students will pursue the required courses and also have the flexibility to choose elective courses related to analysis/methodology, programming, and/or research.

Admissions Eligibility

The Injury Prevention and Control Certificate is open to Columbia MPH students in:

Environmental Health Sciences
Health Policy and Management
Population and Family Health
Sociomedical Sciences

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Sample Courses

Health Care to Vulnerable Populations

The current systems for the delivery of health services in the United States often fall short of addressing the health needs of many people and in so doing contribute to health status disparities. The objective of this course is to help students develop a framework to understand the needs of traditionally under-served populations and the challenges facing the delivery systems that handle these groups. This course has two major foci. The first is understanding who the “vulnerable” populations are as it relates to access to needed health services and disparities in health status. The interaction between health care systems and health care disparities will be explored. Particular attention will be paid to issues surrounding poverty, literacy, immigrant health care and several vulnerable sub-populations including gay-lesbian, homeless and prison. The second focus is service delivery for individuals traditionally under-served. This component includes an examination of organizations and provider (particularly physician)-patient relationships. Students will have the opportunity to move from the classroom to the street, observing, first-hand, several hospital and community-based arrangements.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

This course is designed to provide training and education on the public health response to large scale emergencies and disasters. Students receive an in-depth introduction to surveillance, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural and man-made emergency events and learn how to develop, implement and evaluate public health emergency preparedness and response plans. Course topics will include local, state and federal emergency preparedness policies and coordination, public health counter-measures, the conduct of drills and table top exercises, crisis communication strategies, legal/ethical considerations, psychological impacts of disasters on communities and populations, community resiliency, and planning for the needs of particularly vulnerable populations.

Related Certificates

Health of an Aging Society
Health Policy and Practice

Related Links

Injury Free Coalition for Kids
Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention