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Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in American Indian Communities

East Baltimore
Winter Inst. term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Anne Kenney
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. Based upon the nine Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention, provides students with opportunities to practice these skills through application sessions. 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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required