APP3: Applied Epidemiology - Injuries - Course Outline


This course introduces you to the basic concepts in injury epidemiology; the study of the distribution and determinants of injury in a defined population and its application to the control of injury events.


EPI1: Basic Epidemiological Concepts, is the only prerequisite for the course.

You will need a basic understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology and an understanding of high school mathematics. You will be working with rates, and so will require some knowledge in the use of ratios, proportions, crude, specific and adjusted rates; incidence and prevalence; defining health and health status; assessing the health of a community using selected indicators of health status; and preparing, analyzing and interpreting various types of data and of presentation tools, including tables, graphs and charts.

If you are a beginning practitioner or would like to refresh your knowledge of the fundamentals of epidemiology you are encouraged to take the introductory Epidemiology courses EPI1: Basic Epidemiological Concepts; EPI2: Measurement of Health Status and EPI3: Epidemiological Methods before registering for this course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will:


Successful completion of this course contributes to the attainment of the following Core Competencies for Public Health In Canada:

The Learning Process

This course is divided into four lessons, with two assignments and four discussion forum activities. Each lesson ends with a self‐assessment test. You will have eight weeks to complete the 23-31 hours of work required (about 2‐5 hours per week is suggested; see the learning schedule below).

A trained online facilitator, knowledgeable in public health, is assigned to your group to provide support and guidance. The facilitator is available to answer content‐related questions, provide feedback on assignments, and encourage discussion among participants through discussion forums.

APP3 Learning Schedule

This schedule is a guide to help you pace yourself as you go through the course. Please aim to complete the discussion activities "in sync" with the other learners.

Time Period Course Work Estimated # of hours
Week 1

Getting Started: What you need to know and do

  • Check to make sure you can access all parts of the site
  • Review material
  • Introduce yourself and respond to fellow learners on the Discussion Forum: Welcome to Applied Epidemiology: Injuries

Lesson 1: The Epidemiology of Injury - An Overview

  • Start Lesson 1
1-2 hours
Week 2

Lesson 1: The Epidemiology of Injury - An Overview

  • Finish Lesson 1
  • Complete Discussion Activity 1
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 1
3-4 hours
Week 3

Lesson 2: High Risk Populations and Injury Prevention in Public Health

  • Start Lesson 2
3-4 hours
Week 4

Lesson 2: High Risk Populations and Injury Prevention in Public Health

  • Finish Lesson 2
  • Complete Discussion Activity 2
  • Complete Assignment 1
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 2
4-5 hours
Week 5

Lesson 3: Injury Surveillance

  • Complete Lesson 3
  • Complete Discussion Activity 3
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 3
4-5 hours
Week 6

Lesson 4: Injury Prevention Approaches

  • Start Lesson 4
3-4 hours
Week 7

Lesson 4: Injury Prevention Approaches

  • Finish Lesson 4
  • Complete Assignment 2
  • Complete Self-Assessment for Lesson 4
3-4 hours
Week 8

Finishing Up

  • Ensure you have completed all parts of the course, have submitted all assignments and completed discussion activities.
  • Complete Final Feedback Survey
2-3 hours
Total: 23-31 hours

Course Features


The four lessons utilize a mixture of text, figures, and links to websites to guide you through the content. Using the public health approach, the course covers concepts, definitions, surveillance approaches and data sources, classification systems, and prevention approaches.

Discussion Forums

Discussion forums are integral to the course. Messages can be posted and read on the forum system whenever convenient — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Assignments feature in all the courses, allowing you to reflect on the course content and to apply some of the concepts and principles to your work as a public health practitioner. The two assignments in this course ask you to retrieve, review and comment on data for a group at higher risk for injury, and to apply Haddon’s matrix for a specific injury scenario.


Following each lesson you will be able to complete a short quiz to evaluate your understanding of the subject matter presented within each lesson. You will receive automatic feedback on your performance.


Successful completion of this course requires you to:

  1. complete all activities within the prescribed time frame for each;
  2. receive a satisfactory rating for all two assignments;
  3. participate in each of the three discussion forums;
  4. complete the final feedback survey questionnaire.


Participants receive a certificate from the Public Health Agency of Canada upon successful completion of the course.

Registration information is available at Skills Online-Register For Courses page. Note: you must be registered and logged in to access the registration page.

Note: Completion of this course contributes to the following Learning Pathcertificates: