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Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in American Indian Communities

Winter Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
End Date
Friday, January 19, 2024
Class Time(s)
Tu, W, Th, F, 12:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Other Year
Next Offered
2023 - 2024
Injuries are the leading cause of death for American Indians ages 1-44 and the third leading cause of death overall. American Indians experience mortality and morbidity from injuries at disproportionate rates as compared to the overall US population. Fatality rates for motor vehicle occupant injuries are three times higher for American Indian children than for white and black children.
Introduces the basic skills and knowledge required to address the injury burden in the Native American Community. Provides students with opportunities to practice these skills through application sessions, based upon the nine Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention. Prepares students to enter a network of injury prevention colleagues with a specific interest in the prevention of injuries in the Native American community.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the importance of injury as a public health and social problem in the Native American Community
  2. Explain the basic epidemiology of major injury problemsin the Native American Communityand summarize how to access, interpret, use and present injury data
  3. Define injury prevention programs and identify implementation barriersand policiesspecific to the Native American Communityusing the steps of a public health problem-solving model
  4. Identify the skills needed to be a change agent for injury preventionintheircommunitiesusing policy, engineering, enforcement, advocacy and education strategies
  5. Disseminate injury prevention information strategies to the community, other professionals, key policy makers and other leaders using diverse communication networks and effective communication methods
  6. Apply evaluation processes to assess injury prevention programs and policies in their community
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 30% Group Project(s)
  • 40% Final Project