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Graduate Certificate in Global Injury & Violence Prevention

Over 90% of injury-related deaths occur in developing countries. 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 to:

  • Understand the extent and nature of injury through surveillance and research.
  • Apply proven injury prevention strategies, such as road safety and violence prevention.
  • Investigate innovative approaches to prevention and treatment in resource-limited environments.
  • Improve injury care, including pre-hospital, hospital-based, and long-term rehabilitation.


The program unites students and faculty from multiple backgrounds—public health, curative health disciplines, engineering, law, architecture, social work, and others—to implement these initiatives in the real world.

It is offered through 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.