Program Requirements

The certificate program has different requirements for Doctoral students and for MPH students. Summaries of these requirements can be found below. For more detailed information about the program see the student handbook.

Doctoral Certificate Requirements (15 credits):

 

 

I. CORE COURSEWORK – 6 credits:

 

1. Injury Prevention and Control, EH 580/BSHE 591 (2 credits) Fall

 

Introduces injury as a public health problem. The epidemiology and surveillance, prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation of unintentional and intentional injuries will be discussed, with particular emphasis placed in injury research methodology and injury prevention programs. Case studies will explore the interaction of public policy and epidemiology in the prevention and control of injuries. 

2. Violence as a Public Health Problem, BSHE 565 (1 credit) Spring

Introduces students to the concept of violence as a public health problem and focuses on the epidemiology, surveillance, and prevention of interpersonal and self-directed violence.

3. Injury Prevention Capstone Seminar (3 credits) Fall

This course will focus on injury and violence research methodology and bring together students from various disciplines to discuss their research ideas and plan for their dissertation work. The first half of each class will focus on different disciplinary approaches to violence prevention and the associated research methods employed. The second half of class will focus on student research presentations with interdisciplinary feedback from classmates and the course instructor through a collaborative inquiry process. 

II. ELECTIVE COURSEWORK – 6 credits:
Students will be required to take at least 6 credits worth of elective courses. Two elective courses must be taken outside the Laney Graduate School in another discipline (theology, law, nursing or public health). This requirement is important because injury prevention approaches often require practitioners and researchers to think outside of their disciplinary boundaries. 

III. PRACTICUM – 3 credits:
Students are required to complete 140 hours of work outside the classroom to gain practical experience within the field of injury prevention, preferably in agencies/organizations at the following levels:

  • Federal Gov Agency
  • State/Local Gov Agency
  • Community-based Organization


Students may identify a placement or experience already required for their degree program to qualify for this practicum. However, this practicum must be relevant to unintentional injury or violence. Practicum projects may vary greatly based on the student’s interest areas and level of experience. Possible projects may include: completing a pilot research study; conducting a program assessment; or developing an organizational evaluation plan. Other job responsibilities may include: data collection and analysis; fieldwork; program planning; outreach activities; and programmatic support. Students will provide assistance on projects that contribute to the overall mission of the organization while learning and further developing skills in identifying, assessing, and addressing injury and violence prevention issues. Students will work under the guidance of professionals in the injury prevention field. This community-based experience will help contextualize the students’ academic understanding of the injury issues that they have studied in a real world setting.

IV. RESEARCH:
Students will be required to complete a dissertation of relevance to injury and/or violence. After completing the Injury Prevention Capstone Seminar students will submit their proposal idea to the Certificate Program Steering Committee for review. Injury is inherently multidisciplinary and encompasses a broad range of topics; however, if the research topic is not directly related to injury or violence, the student will need to show how their injury coursework has influenced their research topic or how their decisions were informed by their knowledge of injury and violence. If a student’s dissertation topic changes, they will need to re-submit a brief paragraph explaining the new proposal to the Steering Committee. 

After completion of the Capstone Seminar, students will also be asked to give a brief presentation at an ECIC Quarterly Meeting to share their dissertation proposal.

V. ECIC INJURY LECTURES:
Students will be required to attend at least two injury-related Brown Bag Lectures offered by the ECIC. These lectures are given quarterly by injury researchers and practitioners in the field. Past lecture topics include:

  • Elder maltreatment
  • Drowning prevention
  • Spread of urban violence
  • Honor killings
  • Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUIDs)
  • PTSD interventions, youth injury prevention
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Preventive intervention research.

 

VI. CHECKLIST:
When applying for graduation, students will need to turn in a completed Certificate Clearance Form along with the application for their degree in order to receive the notation on their transcript.

Suggested Schedule for Doctoral Students:

Years 1-2

Course: Injury Prevention and Control Course: Violence as a Public Health Problem

Years 3-4

Course: Injury Prevention Capstone Seminar (select disseration topic)

Elective: Complete 6 credits of electives (2 outside home school)

Any Semester

Complete Practicum Experience

Attend 2 ECIC Brown Bag Lectures

After Capstone Seminar

Submit disertation topic to Certificate Program Steering Committee. Present research ideas to ECIC Injury Network

Per Typical Schedule

Dissertation Work

PHD REQUIREMENTS, TOP

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MPH Student Requirements (12 credits total):


I. CORE COURSEWORK – 3 credits:
Students will be required to take the following core courses offered in the fall and spring each year at the Rollins School of Public Health:

Injury Prevention and Control, EH 580/BSHE 591 (2 credits) Fall
Introduces injury as a public health problem. The epidemiology and surve:illance, prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation of unintentional and intentional injuries will be discussed, with particular emphasis placed in injury research methodology and injury prevention programs. Case studies will explore the interaction of public policy and epidemiology in the prevention and control of injuries. 

Violence as a Public Health Problem, BSHE 565 – (1 credit) Spring
Introduces students to the concept of violence as a public health problem and focuses on the epidemiology, surveillance, and prevention of interpersonal and self-directed violence.

II. ELECTIVE COURSEWORK – 5 credits:
Students will be required to take at least 5 credits worth of elective courses and at least one course must be at another professional school (theology, law, nursing or Laney Graduate School). 

III. PRACTICUM:
Students will be required to complete the practicum required for their degree program (BSHE, EH, EPI, HPM, GH), 200 – 400 hours working on a project related to injury and/or violence preferably in agencies/organizations at he following levels:

  • Federal Gov Agency
  • State/Local Gov Agency
  • Community-based Organization


IV. CAPSTONE/THESIS OR SPECIAL PROJECT – 4 credits:
Students will be required to complete the already required thesis or capstone project with an injury and/or violence-related focus. Students will have access to ECIC’s injury network for assistance in finding an injury-related area of research. Once the student has chosen their thesis or capstone topic, they will be required to submit their proposal idea to the Certificate Program Steering Committee for review. Injury is inherently multidisciplinary and encompasses a broad range of topics; however, if the research topic is not directly related to injury or violence, the student will need to show how their injury coursework has influenced their research topic or how their decisions were informed by their knowledge of injury and violence.

V. ECIC INJURY LECTURES:
Students will be encouraged to attend at least two injury-related Brown Bag Lectures offered by the ECIC. These lectures are given quarterly by injury researchers and practitioners in the field. Past lecture topics include:

  • Elder maltreatment
  • Drowning prevention
  • Spread of urban violence
  • Honor killings
  • Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUIDs)
  • PTSD interventions, youth injury prevention
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Preventive intervention research.

 

VI. CHECKLIST
When applying for graduation, students will need to turn in a completed Certificate Clearance Form along with the application for degree in order to receive the notation on their transcript.

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