Program Overview

Over 90% of injury-related deaths occur in developing countries. Injury rates are especially high for vulnerable people including families living in rural areas and poor communities.

  • Injuries due to violence, road traffic crashes, industrial/agricultural injuries, and other causes account for an estimated 5.8 million deaths per year.
  • Injury deaths exceed the total number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

Preventing Injury and Violence
Injury and violence can be reduced using scientific approaches to:

  • Understand the extent and nature of injury through surveillance and research.
  • Apply proven injury prevention strategies, such as road safety and violence prevention.
  • Investigate innovative approaches to prevention and treatment in resource-limited environments.
  • Improve injury care, including pre-hospital, hospital-based, and long-term rehabilitation.

The program unites students and faculty from multiple backgrounds—public health, curative health disciplines, engineering, law, architecture, social work, and others—to implement these initiatives in the real world.
It is offered through the Global Injury and Violence Prevention Initiative at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, in collaboration with the Global Health Department and other departments and schools at UW.

Requirements & Coursework

The program is open to all graduate students who are working on any aspect of the problems of injury or violence, whether domestically or globally. It is intended to enhance the education of UW graduate students beyond their regular course of study.
Students must complete 15 credits of approved coursework. This includes:

  • 3 credits for one required core course
  • 9 credits of approved electives
  • 3 credits for the completion of a capstone project

Overlap of coursework applied towards the certificate program and degree program must not exceed six credits and is limited to elective coursework in each program. Core course requirements of a degree program may not be counted toward the certificate.

For students completing more than one graduate certificate, no more than six credits may overlap between certificate programs. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to work with the coordinator of their degree program and with certificate staff to develop a specific course plan that will meet the requirements of both the degree and the certificate.

Courses taken prior to admission to the certificate program may be counted retroactively with permission of the certificate staff. Students may petition to have additional courses count towards the elective requirements if they provide the department with a copy of the course syllabus and readings for review.

Core Courses:
Taking any one of these four courses would meet the requirement for the core course. Any of the others could also be taken in fulfillment of the 9 credits of electives for the certificate.

  • EPI 585: Injury and Violence – A Public Health Approach (3 cr) (A, even years)
  • ENVH 560/NSG 506: Occupational Safety Management (4 cr) (Sp)
  • GH 531/EPI 539: Research Methods for Developing Countries (with the requirement that the main course assignment be on an injury topic) (3-4 cr) (W)
  • URBDP 576/CEE 586: Pedestrian Travel, Land Use, and Urban Form (3 cr) (Sp)

Elective Courses:
9 credits from any of the following (a minimum of 6 of which must be graded):

  • ENVH 559/INDE 567/NURS 505: Applied Occupational Health & Safety (3 cr)(Sp, even years)
  • ENVH 562/NSG 507: Technical Aspects of Occupational Safety (3 cr) (W)
  • GH 511: Problems in Global Health (3-4 cr) (A)
  • GH 516/LAWH 540: Health & Human Rights (3 cr) (W)
  • GH 519: War and Health (4 cr) (Sp)
  • GH 521: Global Program Management & Leadership (3 cr) (A)
  • GH 532/EPI 586: Responsible Conduct of International Research (3 cr) (A)
  • GH 541: Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health (4-5 cr) (Sp)
  • GH 590: Global Violence & Health (3 cr) (W)
  • INDE 564/ENVH 564: Recognition of Health & Safety Problems in Industry (2 cr) (A)
  • LAWH 506: International Bioethics, Social Justice, & Health Seminar (1-3 cr) (AWSp)
  • LAWH 512/HSERV 551: Health Law (2 cr) (A)
  • LAWH 515: Global Health Law (3 cr) (A)
  • NURS 509: Issues in Violence & Aggression for Health Professionals (3 cr) (S)
  • SOCW 546: Multi-Generational Advanced Practice: Addressing Family Trauma, Loss, & Recovery (3 cr) (Sp)
  • SOCW 582: Interpersonal Violence & Trauma (3 cr) (W)

*CEE – Civil & Environmental Engineering; ENVH – Environmental Health; EPI – Epidemiology; GH – Global Health; INDE – Industrial & Systems Engineering; LAWH – Law (Health); NURS/NSG – Nursing; SOCW – Social Work; URBDP – Urban Design & Planning
** A – Autumn Quarter; W – Winter Quarter; Sp – Spring Quarter; S – Summer Quarter

Capstone Project:
All participants must complete a culminating capstone project, which will be a service or research project integrating aspects of injury and violence prevention. In some instances, practicum or thesis research work for a primary degree could be used, although the actual capstone project must be distinct from the practicum or thesis.

Students must sign up for three independent study credits with a UW faculty mentor as part of their capstone requirement. Capstone project proposals must be approved by the certificate program manager and director.

Students are expected to design their own capstone project. There are a wide variety of options. For example, students may choose to provide technical assistance to ongoing injury and violence research projects (develop study instruments, conduct data analysis, execute field implementation); write part of a grant application; or develop a program evaluation for a service project.

Funding assistance: Students may apply for $3000 of funding assistance for their capstone projects. This funding could be used for international travel to complete capstones of global relevance. This is a competitive application process and only a few students from the Global Injury and Violence Certificate Program will be selected to receive funding.

NOTE: Capstone project proposals must be approved by the certificate staff prior to conducting field work.

In the quarter prior to graduation, all certificate participants must submit the final version of their planning form for approval. Completion will be acknowledged on the student’s official UW transcript.
The student must be a matriculated UW graduate student during the quarter the graduate certificate is awarded. Certificates cannot be awarded retroactively.


Applications are accepted annually and reviewed quarterly. Please send the following items:

  • The completed application form.
  • Current UW Graduate School transcripts (unofficial will suffice).
  • Current resume or CV.
  • Background and Goal Statement: a maximum one-page description of your area of interest within the field of injury and violence prevention. Include relevant technical or language skills; relevant work, volunteer, or international experience; and how the certificate program will help meet your academic and professional goals.

Email application and materials to Or mail to:
University of Washington
Graduate Certificate in Global Injury and Violence Prevention
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359960
Seattle, WA 98104

For questions regarding the application process please contact:
Dr. Charlie Mock