Training, Educating, and Advancing Collaboration in Health on Violence and Injury Prevention


TEACH-VIP is a comprehensive injury prevention and control curriculum which has been developed through the efforts of WHO and a network of global injury prevention experts. The course material is designed around a classroom instruction model, with PowerPoint slide presentations and supporting lecture notes which address a wide variety of topics relevant to injury prevention and control. In September 2004 the material went into a pilot testing phase involving 23 settings worldwide and a wide variety of training audiences. From September 2005 WHO will make the training material generally available for settings wishing to provide instruction in the area of injury prevention. The training materials and a variety of other capacity building resources will be made available in CD-ROM format. The actual training materials are structured around 60 lessons, each lesson taking approximately one hour of classroom time to teach.


In response to numerous requests from Member States and professional groups for education in injury prevention and control, WHO’s Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, in collaboration with some of the world's best experts in the field, developed a modular curriculum for the teaching of core and advanced public health competencies in the area of injury prevention and control. The main goal of TEACH-VIP is to train students, professionals and practitioners in the field of public health to better apply key injury prevention and control principles, to contribute to the development of preventive programs and policies, design effective surveillance systems, evaluate intervention programs and policies, and collect and assess injury data.

Target audience

While the curriculum has been developed with a primary training audience of public health students in mind, it is also expected that this curriculum can be used for allied medical and nursing students, injury prevention and response practitioners, health professionals, staff within government agencies and other relevant and interested parties. It is anticipated that those making use of the materials will select the lessons most appropriate to the needs of their training audience, and that the materials will be translated and adapted to a wide variety of contexts as necessary.

Curriculum overview

The curriculum consists of 21 "core" lessons and 39 "advanced" lessons, of one hour classroom time each. The core lessons consist of a broad overview of the fundamentals of injury prevention. The advanced lessons are organized into 13 modules; each module containing 3 lessons. The advanced lessons cover the topics of the core module in greater detail, with more emphasis on the lessons that cover specialized context areas in injury prevention and control. This modular structure has proven to be effective in communicating complex health related topics.

The course objectives are defined as follows:

Overview of core course content

The core curriculum contains of 21 lessons, organized into eight sections. Each lesson takes approximately 1 hour classroom time to teach. The core lessons consist of a broad overview of the fundamentals of injury prevention and are described in the table below.

Description of lessons in the core curriculum

Core curriculum
Section Lesson Lesson topics
I. Foundation and fundamentals of injury prevention, control and safety promotion 1 Injury prevention: General principles
  2 Measurement of injuries
II. Injury information systems (surveillance and surveys) 3 Introduction to injury surveillance I
  4 Introduction to injury surveillance II
  5 Introduction to community survey methods
III. Methods for studying injury prevention, control and safety promotion 6 Studying injuries: Research methods I
  7 Studying injuries: Research methods II
IV. Ethical issues in injury prevention, control and safety promotion 8 Ethical issues in the injury field
V. Applications of injury prevention, control and safety promotion 9 Road traffic injuries
  10 Other injuries: falls, burns, drowning, poisoning, and animal-related injuries
  11 Introduction to intentional injuries
  12 Child and elder abuse and neglect
  13 Gender-based violence I
  14 Gender-based violence II
  15 Youth violence and collective violence
  16 Self-inflicted injuries
  17 Injuries in the workplace
VI. Injury care and rehabilitation 18 Application of care and rehabilitation strategies to injuries
VII. Inter-disciplinary approach to injury prevention 19 The multidisciplinary nature of injuries: the role of education, law, economics, and other disciplines
VIII. Policy development and advocacy 20 Injury prevention: Policy development and advocacy
Optional: Internet resources on injuries 21 Internet resources on injuries

Overview of advanced course content

The advanced course covers the topics of the core course in greater detail, with more emphasis on the lessons that cover specialized context areas in injury prevention and control. The advanced lessons are organized into 13 modules; each module containing 3 lessons, each of which taking approximately one hour classroom time to teach. The advanced lessons are described in the table below.

Description of lessons in the advanced curriculum

Advanced curriculum
Module Lesson Lesson topics
I. Injury prevention: General principles and methods 1 Injury prevention: general principles
  2 Injury research methods: Data collection
  3 Injury research methods: Study design
II. Injury information systems 4 Injury coding and classification
  5 Trauma scoring and injury surveillance
  6 Communicating injury surveillance information for public health action
III. Road traffic injuries 7 Determinants and risk factors
  8 Planning and implementing road traffic injury interventions
  9 Putting knowledge into practice
IV. Injuries due to falls and burns 10 Injuries due to falls
  11 Injuries due to burns
  12 Falls and burns: Program planning
V. Drowning, poisoning, and animal-related injuries 13 Drowning-related injuries
  14 Child poisoning
  15 Animal-related injuries
VI. Child abuse and neglect 16 Child abuse and neglect 1
  17 Child abuse and neglect 2
  18 Child abuse and neglect 3
VII. Elder abuse and neglect 19 Elder abuse as a social phenomenon
  20 Interventions for elder abuse prevention
  21 Prevention, ethics, and policy in elder abuse situations
VIII. Youth violence 22 Youth as victims and victimizers
  23 Exposure to violence in youth
  24 Preventing youth violence; preventing victimization
VIIII. Gender-based violence 25 Gender-based violence: Definitions, patterns and prevalence
  26 Understanding gender-based violence as a public health problem an a human rights violation
  27 The health sector response to gender-based violence
X. Suicide and self harm 28 A stress vulnerability model and the development of the suicidal process
  29 The public health approach: Primary prevention
  30 Suicide prevention in healthcare and psychiatry: Secondary and tertiary prevention
XI. Injury care and rehabilitation 31 Trauma care systems
  32 Pre-hospital care
  33 Facility-based care: Acute care and rehabilitation
XII. Ethical issues in violence and injury prevention 34 Self inflicted injuries, suicide attempts & suicide
  35 Unintentional injuries
  36 Violence
XIII. Policy and advocacy 37 Media advocacy case studies
  38 Case studies in developing networks of pressure
  39 Dealing with powerful opposition

Package of TEACH-VIP materials

From September 2005 the training materials for TEACH-VIP will be available as a package of materials, including a CD-ROM and related publications. Each individual lesson of the TEACH-VIP curriculum is supplemented by a series of institutional instructor and class materials, including the following three components:

The package of materials will contain a brochure about TEACH-VIP, the TEACH-VIP curriculum, a manual for users, and additional capacity building resources.

- Order the TEACH-VIP training materials

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