Graduate Certificate in Global Injury and Violence Prevention
This program provides training and context to confront the growing global problem of injury and violence. Most injury-related deaths (over 90 percent) occur in developing countries and injury rates have been steadily rising. Injury rates are especially high for vulnerable people including families living in rural areas and poor communities.
Injuries due to violence, road traffic crashes, industrial/agricultural injuries, and other causes account for an estimated 5.8 million deaths per year. Injury deaths exceed the total number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.
Preventing Injury and Violence
Injury and violence can be reduced using scientific approaches across a spectrum of activities, including:
- Understanding of the extent and nature of injury through surveillance and research.
- Applying proven injury prevention strategies, such as road safety and violence prevention.
- Investigating innovative approaches to prevention and treatment in resource-limited environments.
- Improving care of injured people, including pre-hospital, hospital-based, and long-term rehabilitation.
To implement these activities effectively in the real world, understanding the context and social issues that give rise to injury and violence is crucial.
This program will unite students and faculty from multiple backgrounds, including public health, curative health disciplines, engineering, law, architecture, social work, and others. The certificate is part of the Global Injury and Violence Prevention Initiative at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, in collaboration with the Global Health Department and other departments and schools at UW.