As the title implies, this course will introduce students to contemporary applied topics in injury epidemiology and the science of prevention. The course will be taught by accomplished researchers and experienced instructors, and will combine lectures with interactive discussions. Selected readings will ground students and build on the course material presented. Speakers will differ each year covering a range of multifaceted approaches to injury prevention and reduction. The title, speakers and several objectives are updated each year to reflect the specific topics covered. These applied topics will include both unintentional and intentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, concussion, drug overdose, child abuse, youth violence, self-harm, assault and innovative designs and methods that can be applied to injury research.
The applied topic for 2020 is Optimization for Interventions. Students will learn how to apply engineering-inspired concept of optimization to the study of behavioral, biobehavioral and biomedical interventions across public health fields including injury. The course will be grounded in the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) framework. Under the optimization phase of the MOST framework, the course will introduce experimental designs with an emphasis on sequential, multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) which is a way to develop high-quality adaptive interventions. Micro-randomized Trails (MRTs) are a way to develop mHealth Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAIs) also will be covered.