Injury prevention and control is a key public health priority. The study of injury epidemiology, prevention and control is vital to understanding causes of injury and strategies for prevention, to reduce the global burden of injuries and improve access to high quality care. This course is designed for people working in public health or related disciplines who have an interest in injury epidemiology, prevention and control, and would like to broaden their knowledge and skills.

This course will develop student's capacities to apply appropriate concepts, frameworks and methods to quantify the epidemiological burden of injury (unintentional and intentional), identify risk factors including the social determinants of health and evidence-based strategies for prevention and management of injury across a range of contexts, cultures and injury types. The course will enable students to focus on an area of interest, be it injury type or country context. It will provide students with appropriate theoretical frameworks and methodologies to identify evidence-based, effective strategies for both prevention and control of injury, including opportunities for advocacy. Students will develop methodological skills in conduct of real-world research on injury, including observational studies, evaluation of interventions geared towards prevention, and quantifying the economic impact of prevention. Issues relevant to injury including context, resources, community acceptance, cultural considerations, scalability and sustainability and their impact on injury prevention and control will be considered. Throughout, the course will seek to span these conceptual and methodological areas drawing upon examples and cases from domestic and global contexts, spanning high, middle and low resource settings across a range of injury types to ensure students have a diverse understanding of the issues and are equipped for both research and practitioner roles into the future.

This course is an elective course of the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Global Health (MGH) programs, comprising 6 units of credit towards the total required for completion of the study program.

Mode of study

External (Distance) with online teaching

Key contact

Dr Amy Peden
Course Convenor
+61 (2) 9385 2132

Who should do this course?

The course draws on internationally recognised experts with a breadth of experience, and has an emphasis on practical learning experiences using real case scenarios. It is important that students enrolling in the course have knowledge and experience in public health or a health-related area. Interested students, who are not enrolled in a Masters program offered by the School of Population Health will need to contact the course convenor, who will assess whether they have the appropriate background, before enrolling in PHCM9792 Injury Epidemiology, Prevention and Control.

Course outcomes

This course aims to provide students with an insight into the realities and challenges of current major global health and development issues, including an overview of the contemporary approaches and strategies being used to address these issues. It aims to equip students with the ability to analyse and critically appraise global health and development literature in order to determine the effectiveness of approaches and strategies to address current issues at community, national and global levels using real case scenarios and examples.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • outline patterns and trends in the global burden of disease and the particular health problems faced in resource constrained settings
  • identify and critically analyse key indicators and processes used in assessing health problems and services in resource constrained settings and consider these issues in interpreting and comparing health status in two or more countries
  • critically review health system and policy responses at a national and global level to a range of major health problems confronting resource-constrained settings
  • discuss and critically analyse core concepts and debates in international and global health and development
  • demonstrate understanding of the social, economic and political determinants of health at local, regional and global levels.

Learning & teaching

The course has been designed so that you can gain a breadth of understanding across the complex and dynamic field of global health and development. While it is introductory, it covers several topics in-depth and there is an expectation that you will engage at postgraduate level to explore areas of interest and relevance to your own settings. You will have the opportunity to hear from a range of academics with particular areas of expertise in the field.  


Assessment Task 1 – Online quiz
Weighting: 20%
Length: 20 questions

Assessment Task 2 – Data-oriented essay
Weighting: 30%
Length: 2000 words

Assessment Task 3 – Critical appraisal essay
Weighting: 50%
Length: 2500 words

Readings & resources 

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

  • materials provided throughout the course
  • reading material in course notes and reader
  • guest lectures posted online in UNSW Moodle.