Applied Topics in Injury Epidemiology and Prevention

Course Description

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 and assault.


The applied topics in injury research for 2018, include: 1) Challenges enrolling concussion patients and collecting real time data; 2) Ecological momentary assessment in concussion patients ; and 3) Biomechanics behind concussions.


A master's degree in public health or related field and two years of working experience in public health/clinical setting are desirable. At the minimum, the student should have taken introductory courses in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Course Reading List

Suggested text:


Li G, Baker SP, ed. Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches. New York, NY: Springer, 2012


Online edition available at:


Suggested from journals (invited speakers will select readings prior to the course)

Instructors (will change by topic each year)

Doug Wiebe, PhD

Dr. Doug Wiebe is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is also Director of the Penn Injury Science Center and Director of a training program funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH to build capacity for injury and trauma epidemiology in Botswana.  Dr. Wiebe also directs the Epidemiology Study for the Ivy League/Big 10 Concussion Consortium.  He completed his PhD in Social Ecology at the University of California – Irvine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in injury prevention at the University of California – Los Angeles.  Dr. Wiebe leads studies of how places, polices, and the locations where people spend time affect injury risks and health.  A focus of that work involves monitoring concussion patients in real time to understand the trajectory to recovery.  His research has been funded by the NIAAA, NIEHS, AHRQ, and NIJ and an Independent Scientist Award from the NIH.  He has received numerous Departmental and School teaching and achievement awards and he received the Kenneth Rothman Prize in 2017.

Bernadette D’Alonzo, MPH

Bernadette D’Alonzo is a Senior Research Coordinator in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  She completed undergraduate studies and a Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  She coordinates data collection and analysis activities of the Ivy League/Big 10 Concussion Epidemiology Study.  She also leads operations for multiple studies involving the RECOUPS (Recovering Concussion Update on the Progression of Symptoms, approach, that use a web-based platform to enroll concussion patients from hospital emergency departments as research participants, and merge data collected in real time from mobile and wearable devices during one month after sustaining the injury. 

Barclay Morrison, PhD

Barclay Morrison is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

Dr. Morrison’s research is on the mechanical injury of the central nervous system, including:  1) improvement of prevention strategies through development of critical biomechanical data for the living brain, 2) identification of novel treatment options by understanding the post-traumatic pathobiology in greater detail, 3) engineering new research tools to enhance studies in the first two areas.

Course Fee

The fees for this course are waived this year. We are piloting a webinar version and this course is co-sponsored by the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia and EPIC.


The registration period has closed for this event.


Hammer LL107

Hammer Health Sciences Building
701 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

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This course will also be available via realtime webinar enabling registrants to participate without being present in NYC. The link will be provided to registrants via e-mail prior to the course offering.

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