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Hospital-Based Injury/Trauma Surveillance in Low- and Middle-income Countries

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Principles of Epidemiology (340.601.01) OR Epidemiologic Methods 1 (340.751.01) OR Fundamentals of Epidemiology (550.694.81 & 550.695.81) OR equivalent formal course in epidemiology

Examines the high, and growing, global injury burden with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Establishes the need for and complexities of establishing and maintaining reliable injury surveillance systems in LMIC. Focuses on training students on the fundamentals of an injury surveillance system in LMIC settings– data needs, collection, coding, processing and use, as well as on evaluation of such systems, and how to sustain them. Prepares students to participate in designing and sustaining hospital-based injury/trauma surveillance systems in LMIC to inform health program planning at the local and national level. Uses case studies to compare and contrast injury surveillance systems in different LMIC settings.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify, retrieve, and manage injury-related data sources in LMICs
  2. Define and understand trauma outcome metrics
  3. Critically appraise the reliability and validity of different types of injury surveillance data
  4. Develop proposals for the collection of injury data in resource-limited settings
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 60% Project(s)
  • 20% Quizzes
Enrollment Restriction
Summer Institute participants only
Special Comments

Students are required to have completed the following readings prior to the beginning of the course: World Health Organization, Injury Surveillance Guidelines (2004); and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Surveillance Training Manual (2005)

The Individual project is due on August 1, 2018.