Principles of Injury Control (ID240) Spring 1

Dr. David Hemenway, Ph.D.

This course introduces a serious public health problem – intentional and unintentional injury – and provides frameworks for examining control options (e.g. the Haddon Matrix). Specific categories of injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes and violence, and specific risk factors for serious injury such as alcohol and firearms, are examined in detail. This course had an attendance of 40 students and received the highest possible excellence rating from students.


American Violence: The Intersection Between Home and Street (HPM518) Spring 1

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.

This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore risk factors and remedies for the high occurrence of violence in the United States. Special emphasis will be given to the public health approach to violence prevention, and to successes of public health work in addressing youth and community violence over the past two decades. Course sessions will trace the links between exposure to violence in childhood and involvement in interpersonal and street-based violence later in life. Early warning signs and dynamics of violence in dating, common-law, marriage and terminated relationships will be reviewed, as will juvenile offenses and responses by the criminal justice and health care sectors. Students interested in doing clinical work, policy and program design, or research are encouraged to use this course as a foundation. Supplemented by insights from practioners, this course will provide a rich context for understanding policy and programmatic challenges in addressing the high incidence of violence in this country. This course received a high excellence rating from students.


Principles of Suicide Prevention (HPM529) Spring 2

Dr. Matthew Miller, M.D.

In contrast to the significant reductions in rates of medical illness and unintentional injuries over the past half century, largely attributed to public health rather than medical interventions, rates of suicide in the United States remain at levels similar to those in the 1950s. This course explores the as yet unmet promise of a public health approach to preventing suicide through a combination of close readings of the empirical literature and interactive class discussion. Among the questions explored are: What acts qualify as suicide? What are the roles of impulse and deliberation in suicidal acts, by age (e.g. youth vs. elderly suicides,) gender, and circumstance (e.g. a crisis involving intimate partner conflict vs. physical illness?) How does physician-assisted suicide differ from suicide generally? Is sexual orientation an independent risk factor for suicide? What is the evidentiary basis for existing prevention strategies? What social and cultural impediments stand in the way of effective interventions?

Instruction is through interactive lectures with a significant amount of class discussion.

Course Note: No previous background in medicine, psychiatry or evaluative sciences is necessary; enrollment limited, instructor’s signature required; no auditors.


High-Risk Behavior: Epidemiology and Prevention Strategies (SHH219) Spring 2

Dr. Beth Molnar
This course examines epidemiology of behaviors that place an individual at higher risk of injuries and mortality such as substance abuse, violence, and risky sexual behaviors. Emphasis is placed on developmental and environmental factors that support these behaviors, as well as on strategies for prevention.


The Practice of Preventing Intimate Partner Violence (HSB237) Fall 2

Dr. Jay Silverman, Ph.D

This course will present students with the state of knowledge in the field of intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention (i.e., epidemiology of adolescent and adult perpetration and victimization, prevention program models and legal frameworks, evaluations of prevention programs, approaches to research), and how individuals with academic public health training can work with practitioners and policy makers to improve IPV prevention in a range of practice areas.


Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (EH282) Spring

Dr. Melissa Perry
Dr. David Lombardi
(with Matthew Miller and Deb Azrael)

This course will focus on the use of epidemiological methods to study injuries and their prevention. Topics covered include designing surveillance systems and analytic studies, measuring exposures and outcomes, and implementing prevention programs. Injury categories will focus on occupational and nonoccupational contexts, and intentional and non-intentional sources of injuries. New course given in Spring 2003.


Ergonomics/Human Factors (EH243) Fall

Dr. Jack Dennerlein, Ph.D.
Mr. Theodore Courtney, M.S.
Mr. V. Ciriello

This course emphasizes the design of the job “to fit the worker.” It investigates specific problems resulting from the nature of the job itself and considers the physiological, biomedical, psychological, and anatomical characteristics of the worker in the development of good job design principles.


Occupational Safety and Injury Prevention (EH241) Spring

Dr. Jack Dennerlein, Ph.D.
Mr. R. Youngstrom
Mr. R. Spielvogel

This course furnishes an overview of principles of occupational safety, including safety regulation and standards, models of accident causation, investigation procedures, and techniques for accident control.


Disaster Management (ID 205) Spring

Dr. Jennifer Leaning

Designed for physicians, public health officers, or others who may be charged with responsibility for on-the-scene, immediate acute intervention during disasters. The focus will be on decision-making under stress, examining U.S. and international case studies within the theoretical framework of disaster planning, response, and assessment.


Web-Based Courses In addition, the Center secured HRSA funding and developed (with Education Development Center, Inc.) four internet-based courses in youth suicide prevention. See