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

International Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Abdulgafoor Bachani
Course Instructor s:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 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:

Individual Project (60%): The course project will require each student to prepare a brief proposal for developing and implementing a hospital based surveillance system in low- and middle-income country of his/her choice. The project will be divided in three parts, each worth 20% of the grade;
Quizzes (20%): Students will take 2 short online quizzes based on the material covered in the class;
Class Participation (20%): Students are expected to view all lectures, attend live-talk sessions (unless absences are pre-excused by a course instructor), and participate in the Discussion Forum interactive posts.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required