The overall goal of the program in injury epidemiology is to develop epidemiologists who further the science of injury control and are capable of conducting research and translating research findings into action to prevent injuries. Epidemiologists working in the area of injury and violence prevention conduct research describing injury hazards, identifying risk factors for injury and violence, and quantifying the effect of various interventions designed to prevent injury and violence. The scope of injury and violence control is broad, encompassing such diverse areas as: suicide, homicide, youth violence, intimate partner violence, firearm violence, workplace violence, school violence, injury and violence as a global health concern, transportation safety (including occupant and pedestrian safety, roadway design, policies involving alcohol while driving), older adults falls, occupational injury, sports and recreation injuries and chronic and overuse (musculoskeletal) injuries. Students in the Injury Epidemiology Program receive training in how to conduct high-quality epidemiologic research that directly addresses prevention opportunities. Furthermore, they learn how to engage with non-epidemiologists (ranging from policy makers to community advocates) to address interventions that (based on the best available scientific knowledge) will prevent injuries and violence.
- EPID 625: Injury as a Public Health Problem (Steve Marshall)
- EPID 626: Intentional injury (Steve Marshall)
- EPID 627: Unintentional Injury (Steve Marshall)
- EPID 730: Advanced Methods for Epidemiology (Faculty)
- EPID 765: Methods and Issues in Pharmacoepidemiology (Til Stürmer / Alan Brookhart)
- EPID 766: Epidemiologic Research with Healthcare Databases (Jennifer Lund)
- EPID 790: Intervention Epidemiology (Faculty)
- EPID 810: Physical Activity Epidemiology (Dianne Ward / Derek Hales)
- EPID 992: Master’s Paper (Faculty)
- EPID 994: Doctoral Dissertation (Faculty)
- Injury student seminar/journal club
- Public Seminars sponsored by Department of Epidemiology
- Seminars presented by The Injury Prevention Research Center
- Seminars presented by The Highway Safety Research Center
Dr. Steve Marshall: Sports and recreational Injuries; Injury surveillance; Falls, Violence and transportation; Epidemiologic methods, Evaluation of injury interventions
Dr. Yvonne Golightly: Modifiable risk of osteoarthritis (OA); Biomechanics and musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities; and biomarkers associated with injury and OA
Dr. Charles Poole: Epidemiologic methods; Meta-analysis; Epidemiologic concepts
Dr. David Richardson: Occupational health; Injury prevention; Cancer, Environment
Dr. Til Stürmer: Medications and Injury prevention; Epidemiologic methods
Sue Blalock: Health outcomes assessment; Fall injuries; Risk communication
Allan Dellapenna: Transportation related injuries; Injury and violence prevention policy; American Indian and Alaska native injury prevention
Robert Foss: Teenage driver behavior; Alcohol use and injury; Injury prevention
Kevin Guskiewicz: Concussion/mild traumatic brain Injuries, Neuro-epidemiology
Kristen Kucera: Work related musculoskeletal disorders and exposure assessment; sports injury epidemiology; Surveillance of sports and occupational injuries
Hester Lipscomb: Occupational Injuries
Lewis Margolis: Leadership development; Strategies to increase safety for new teen drivers
Scott Proescholdbell: Injury surveillance, Violence prevention, Evaluation of interventions.
Daniel Rodriguez: Transportation injuries; Built environment
Vilma Sousa Santana: Occupational injuries
Anna Waller: Use of emergency department visit, Poison control center and EMS run data for public health surveillance; Data quality control issues for injury surveillance; Public health preparedness.
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Epidemiologists working in the area of injury and violence prevention conduct research describing injury hazards, identifying risk factors for injury and violence, and quantifying the effect of various interventions designed to prevent injury and violence. From a public health perspective, injury and violence is a major problem. However, it has received limited attention from epidemiologists. The scope of injury and violence control is broad, encompassing such diverse areas as:
- Youth violence
- Intimate partner violence
- Firearm violence
- Workplace violence
- School violence
- Injury and violence as a global health concern
- Transportation safety (including occupant and pedestrian safety, roadway design, policies involving alcohol while driving)
- Older adult falls
- Occupational injury (including youth labor issues)
- Sports and recreation injuries
- Chronic and overuse (or, musculoskeletal) injuries
Students in the Injury Epidemiology Program receive training in how to conduct high-quality epidemiologic research that directly addresses prevention opportunities. Furthermore, they learn how to engage with non-epidemiologists (ranging from policy makers to community advocates) to address interventions that (based on the best available scientific knowledge) will prevent injuries and violence. These experiences are gained through interdisciplinary opportunities in courses taught in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Social Work, and in the Departments of Health Behavior, Maternal and Child Health, Exercise and Sport Science, City and Regional Planning, and Public Policy, as well as through graduate research assistant opportunities with faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and UNC research centers, including the Injury Prevention Research Center, Center for Retired Athletes, Center for Highway Traffic Safety, Center for Regional and Urban Planning, and Thurston Bowles Arthritis Center.
Alumni of the Injury Epidemiology program take positions in the academic, governmental and private sectors. Current positions held by alumni include:
|The overall goal of the program in injury epidemiology is to develop epidemiologists who further the science of injury control and are capable of conducting research and translating research findings into action to prevent injuries .
Abilities and Knowledge:Injury epidemiologists graduating from the program with a PhD will have these abilities :
Injury epidemiologists graduating from the program with a PhD will possess these key knowledge items:
Students will become involved in research early in their graduate career. Students are expected to take the initiative in setting up meetings with their faculty advisors, and with other researchers engaged in injury research. Engagement with the faculty on faculty research projects is a fundamental and very important means for students to develop research skills.
Students should also proactively seek out opportunities to develop their own independent research. They are strongly encouraged to solicit the input of faculty advisers in developing their independent research areas. Faculty can provide assistance with brainstorming ideas, refining research questions, advising on methods and data analysis tools, and accessing existing databases. Faculty will actively promote and assist students in developing research ideas and conducting research, however, the impetus and commitment to developing, conducting, and publishing research needs to come from the student.
Students are encouraged to engage with the Injury Prevention Research Center, the Highway Safety Research Center, and other resources on campus. A wide range of researchers in the School and elsewhere at UNC conduct or facilitate research related to injuries, including (but not limited to):
North Carolina off-campus resources include:
Students are also encouraged to engage with local and national groups in the community interested in injury control. These can include:
Students are also encouraged to attend the annual meeting of, and join, professional societies such as:
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