Training & Education

Training and Education Core

The Training and Education Core (TEC) has four primary goals, to:

  1. Increase the number of faculty and trainees at Columbia conducting quality cross-disciplinary injury epidemiology and prevention research;
  2. Develop and implement a post-doctoral training program that increases the pipeline of early career investigators in the injury friend;
  3. Expand the amount of cross-disciplinary training in injury at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and other Columbia schools; and
  4. Train and provide technical assistance

in injury research to those outside of Columbia at city, state, and national levels.  Thirteen overlapping yet distinct injury-related activities are planned by the TEC and described below to meet these goals.

Injury Courses Within the Center

Five injury-specific courses have been approved by the Mailman School of Public Health’s Curriculum Committee since the Center began in 2012. These courses are overseen and receive guided support in development, implementation, and evaluation from the CCISP in insuring that innovative methods are being taught and applied each semester that they are offered, and in insuring that injury prevention students in the courses receive full support and mentorship from the course directors as well as others injury prevention faculty in the Center as needed.

EPID P8488 – Methods in Injury Epidemiology and Prevention
This course introduces students to contemporary concepts and research methods in injury epidemiology and the science of prevention. Topics will include both unintentional and intentional injuries, such as road safety, falls, drug overdose, child abuse, violence, self-harm, and assault. Students apply research skills to injury cohorts and datasets to outline a first draft manuscript which faculty will mentor to completion as a possible journal submission.

EPID P8445 – Current and Emerging Issues in Injury and Violence
The multifaceted, cross-disciplinary nature of injury and violence prevention is illustrated to students in this course by applying epidemiology, health policy, behavioral science, law, medicine, and engineering principles. The class examines current approaches to translating injury science into effective population-level prevention using issues in surveillance, measurement, and evaluation as topics for experiential learning and in-class application.

EPID P8428 – Current Work in Injury Control and Prevention Fall Seminar
Students will learn from CCISP faculty about the Center and a wide range of advanced topics in the field of injury prevention research through interaction, role playing and modeling. As an example, for our Injury Seminar Course this fall students will roleplay blogging for a hypothetical journal of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of APHA as one example. Students will conduct interviews with a selected session’s speaker and then write a point-counterpoint blog post.

EPID P8429 – Current Work in Injury Control and Prevention Spring Seminar
Students will learn from a series of experts on four focused topics in the field of injury prevention and control. By the end of the semester, students will have improved their ability to interpret and critically appraise peer-reviewed research on current injury and violence research topics and will be prepared to go forward in asking important future scientific questions in the injury and violence research field.

EPID P8425 – Gun Violence and Public Health: Evidence and Action
This is a new course being co-directed by Dr. Branas and has its maximum 40 students already enrolled for Fall of 2018. This three-credit course will focus on the epidemiologic study of gun violence by reviewing both new and canonical research throughout the course, students will learn to apprise how diverse study designs—including surveys, case control studies, time-series, randomized control trials, social network analyses, quasi-experimental, and experimental approaches—are well-suited to shed light on different aspects of the subject of gun violence prevention and policy.

New York State-Approved Injury and Violence Prevention Certificate

Through coursework in the Department of Epidemiology as the base department with collaborations in the Departments of Sociomedical Sciences, Population and Family Health, and Health Policy and Management, students pursue the required courses to complete the Injury and Violence Certificate yet also have the flexibility to pursue elective courses within the Certificate depending on their analytical/methodological, programmatic, and/or research focused interests.

Student Practica and Theses

The CCISP will offer injury practicum and thesis opportunities for students at the Mailman School of Public Health, other Schools at Columbia, or potentially qualified trainees from the other universities or the local community. The Center faculty will work with students to develop practicum and thesis opportunities addressing both unintentional and intentional injury and focusing on project topics such as opioid overdose, suicide, ACEs, or violence, based both in the university with community partners and at New York City and State agencies, such as the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Doctoral Students and Dissertations

Students interested in injury and violence prevention elect to either pursue PhD or DrPH degrees, and most students are fully or nearly fully funded in terms of tuition and stipends from a variety of sources at the School, extramural grants, industry, and private foundations.

Injury Research Postdoctoral Fellows   

Along with direct resources from CCISP, postdoctoral fellows interested in our injury postdoctoral program and existing, but related postdoctoral programs will have the opportunity to maximize the use of shared resources, thus creating new scientific synergies, programmatic efficiencies, and ultimately greater numbers of postdoctoral fellows affiliated with CCISP who are interested in becoming independent injury scientists and launching their own injury and violence research lines of inquiry.

Injury Awards

The CCISP has established two annual awards: (1) the Susan P. Baker Award in Injury Epidemiology is given to a graduating master’s student for outstanding performance in thesis research in the area of injury epidemiology and prevention; and (2) the William Haddon Jr. Award in Injury Epidemiology is given to a graduating doctoral student for outstanding contributions to injury epidemiology and prevention through dissertation research.

Injury Science Laboratory

Injury Epidemiology Laboratory

The Injury Science Laboratory is located in dedicated space provided for the Center by the Department of Epidemiology in Room 516 of the Mailman School of Public Health.It is available for faculty and students throughout Columbia working on injury prevention.

Core faculty and a dedicated graduate research assistant facilitate the use of available national, state, and local data for student theses, dissertations, and course projects.  Databases are available in-house with appropriate permissions for injury research.


Intensive short courses are offered either in-person at the Mailman School of Public Health or in online distance- learning formats. The episummer@columbia Injury Course is held in conjunction with the ICRC annual conference each May. The CCISP sponsored three scholarship courses in 2020. 

Injury Epidemiology Unit Seminars with Webinar Simulcast

The Columbia Injury Epidemiology Unit hosts a well-established seminar series each month. have now established live webinar simulcasts of the seminars.

Science+Policy Injury Works-in-Progress   

These works-in-progress meetings will focus on the bidirectional exchange of knowledge and information between injury scientists and practitioners as well as better analyzing City and State data to fill gaps that all identify as needed for the creation of meaningful injury and violence prevention policy.

Community Education Core Resource (CERC)

The CERC is within Columbia’s Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and fosters research and training conducted in partnership with community stakeholders to better inform the application of scientific findings to clinical and community settings. The CERC supports community-engaged research between CCISP researchers, multi-sector stakeholders, and the community at-large.