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Johns Hopkins

International Injury Research Unit

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) strives to identify effective solutions to the growing burden of injuries in low- and middle-income populations, influence public policy and practice, and advance the field of injury prevention throughout the world.

Injuries cause more than five million deaths every year, resulting in high economic and social costs for communities around the globe. The costs are greater in low- and middle-income countries, where many public health systems have yet to prioritize injuries as a major health concern, despite the cost-effective methods available to prevent them.

Since our inception in 2008, JH-IIRU has played a leading role in injury prevention around the world. Building on a strong history of cutting-edge research framework from over a decade of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control, we’re working to create a world free of injuries through research, education, and practice.

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Our Work

Through research, education, and practice, the JH-IIRU team is working to create a world free of injuries.


Our team of experts, across our leadership and faculty, conduct intervention trials, economic analyses, and surveillance studies in order to determine the impact of and identify potential solutions to a number of critical injury and disability areas in low- and middle-income countries.


Instruction is a core feature of our efforts to address the global burden of injuries. Our education opportunities – including capacity development, courses, and webinars – focus on combining a strong public health approach, scientific principles, and examples of challenges and successes from LMICs.


Our multidisciplinary unit is capable of addressing multidisciplinary injury needs through our service arm to respond to pressing, critically important public health requests with evidence-based, life-saving solutions. Regardless of scale, scope, or size, we’re equipped to assess and combat any project.

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