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Title: Principles and Practices of Injury Prevention
Keywords: Planning and programming
Accidents and injury
Country: Vietnam
Institution: Vietnam - Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH)
Course coordinator: Pham Viet Cuong, PhD
Date start: 2023-06-21
Date end: 2023-07-03
About duration and dates: Two weeks, Monday to Friday Application deadline: 4 weeks prior to first presence course day. Pre-reading materials will be distributed 2 weeks prior to course commencement. Final due date for post-course assignments: post-course exercise is due 2 weeks after the last scheduled course day.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH)
1A Duc Thang Road, North Tu Liem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
SIT: Student Investment Time = 90 hours consisting of:
Contact time: 30 hours
Private study time: 32 hours.
Assisted tutorial/field visit: 12 hours.
Assessment/assignment time = 16 hours.
Language: English
Description: At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Describe and appraise the concepts and epidemiology of injury.
2. Critically analyze and interpret data concerning injury problems including social and economic determinants.
3. Analyze and critically debate different strategies used in injury control
4. Formulate a comprehensive and appropriate strategy to control an injury problem in relation to an initial situation analysis.
5. Analyze and critically discuss strengths and weaknesses of specific injury control programs
Assessment Procedures: Assessment will be based on class participation, exercises, and written policy brief.
Class participation: 10%
The evaluation of students’ participation to class will be based on: Students’ attendance and contribution to discussion during class; evidence that students have read and thought about the requirement readings prior to the relevant class, and students’ overall effort and academic progress during the course; and evidence of initiative and creativity.
Individual exercise (Exam 1): 20%
Each student will develop a Haddon matrix on identified injury problems: 20%
Group exercise (Exam 2): 20%
Student will work in group of 2-3 people to develop intervention strategies (500 - 700 words) based on an indentified injury problem.
Individual written injury prevention plan (Exam 3 - Final): 50%
The students are required to write a prevention plan (1,500 words) to address an injury problem. They can choose the problem that was identified during the group activities or propose their own topic, but they must discuss with course coordinator to seek agreement prior to writing their final paper. Students can start identifying injury problem and discuss with course coordinator after module 2 of the course.
Failing students (score less than 5.5 on 10 scale) will be given a chance to resubmit their paper that has considered the comments given. This should be done within 4 weeks and will be reassessed by the course organizer.
Content: The main topics covered in this module is:
1. Nature, Cost and Scope of the injury problem; basic definitions and epidemiology of injuries.
2. Approaching the injury problems including classical approaches/tools for injury prevention; finding the needed data from injury surveillance system, secondary, published data national/internationally; discussion of type of data sources and the role of behavior changes in injury prevention.
3. Choosing and evaluate the appropriateness of different injury prevention strategies including health education, changing environment and law enforcement strategies.
4. Developing an injury prevention program for a specific injury problem including the critical appraisal of appropriate prevention, inclusion of stakeholders and evaluation strategies.
5. Other preventive approaches for unintentional injuries; Intentional injuries and the role of trauma/pre-hospital care in injury prevention.
6. Study visits to:
- Viet Duc trauma hospital to observe and study the trauma care model. Students will have opportunities to discuss with health staffs on their daily work as well as the trauma care system at the hospital.
- National Traffic Safety Committee to discuss with policy makers and local people on road traffic safety and drowning prevention projects. Students will have chances to learn and discuss on different intervention strategies including health promotion, law enforcement, etc.
Methods: Variety methods are used, including introductory lectures, seminars, group discussion, tutorials, field visit, individual work, student presentation, and individual written assignment.
Prerequisites: English requirements: TOEFL 79-80 (internet-based) or IELTS 6.0, or English native speaker or completed higher education in English (with written proof).
Student admitted to a master’s degree Program within TropEd Network may join this course, having finished the core course is considered to meet the English requirements.
Attendance: Maximum number of students: 25
Maximum number of TropEd students: 10
First come, first served
Fees: 600 Euro ~ 16.810.000 VND
Scholarships: None
Major changes since initial accreditation: New examples, data and policies are updated to reflect the national and international movements in injury prevention.
Update references
Change the location for field visit to a larger scale intervention area in Ninh Binh province to allow student having experiences in both road safety and drowning intervention.
Student evaluation: Course evaluation is given by end of every course, most of student highly evaluate the training, there are some typical feedbacks:
- Useful course, it gives an overall scientific insight and belief on problems that were and are interested in.
- Reading materials are clear and have good examples from developing countries and can help to achieve the course’s objectives.
- Panel discussion with policy makers, researchers were very interesting.
- Having great opportunity to expose with trauma hospital environment and community intervention activity.
Beside of positive feedbacks, student also provide some response for improving the program:
- There should be more time for group discussion in the classroom.
- Allocate more time for individual exercise.
- Re-Accreditation session for GA Munich Feb 2023: Guenter Froeschl, Raja Benkirane: minor changes, conditional cat 1.
Lessons learned: Conveying evidence to health policymakers, health managers or decision-makers is a comprehensive process, from understanding their culture, their expectations to individual’s knowledge, attitude, and behaviors toward specific existing problems. Moreover, it is different at each level. Both of lecturers and students should understand about the nature and sensitivity of this process.
Because the students come from different background, tailoring the teaching method to individual students is an effective strategy which address an individual learner’s specific needs.
To increasing the effectiveness of applying theory to exercises, pay more attention and improve quality of providing feedback and correction.
tropEd accreditation: Accredited in May 2008. Re-accredited in June 2013, April 2018, and February 2023. This accreditation is valid until February 2028.
Remarks: This course provides public health students fundamental knowledge and skills on injury prevention that cover basic injury epidemiology, developing, implementing, and evaluating an injury prevention program.

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Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-10 10:05:18 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-10 16:18:56 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-04-13 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-03-21 13:49:14 (W3C-DTF)

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L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

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