Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Epidemiology Training

epidemiology training
Rania Mansour, an MPH candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and research assistant on CIRP's Epidemiology and Biostatistics team, attended the 2018 Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities in San Antonio as a Traffic Safety Scholar. 

Our injury epidemiologists focus on defining the nature and magnitude of injuries across populations. They develop accurate estimates of the severity of hazards, define risk factors for injury, and provide tools (such as surveillance systems) for identifying hazards and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. CIRP's epidemiology and biostatistics training program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in pediatric injury research projects. 

Epidemiological investigations are underway at CIRP related to the prevention of motor vehicle crashes and resulting injuries and to understanding the incidence and management of pediatric concussions. Our research focuses on:

  • Identifying populations at particularly high risk for injury and determining environmental or social causes underlying these risks
  • Helping to develop improved safety designs and technologies
  • Increasing awareness and compliance with proper restraint practices
  • Evaluating interventions
  • Directly informing the adoption of evidence-based approaches

Student Responsibilities for CIRP's Epidemiology Training Program:

  • Actively participate in weekly project meetings
  • Lead regular mentorship meetings (as agreed upon with supervisor)
  • Assist in a variety of study-related tasks, including: Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions, survey and database development, data collection and management, survey administration, data analyses, and manuscript and poster preparation
  • Present findings of research activities to CIRP and at other venues

Necessary Qualifications for CIRP's Epidemiology Training Program:

  • Students must be enrolled in or have completed an undergraduate or graduate training program.
  • Typical studies include Epidemiology, Public Health, Medicine, Behavioral Science, Psychology, and others leading to health professions.
  • Though not required, prior experience in data management and analysis and working knowledge of a statistical package (SAS, SPSS, or Stata) are strongly preferred.

Contact Carol Murray, MSS, MLSP, training manager, for more information on CIRP’s Biostatistics & Epidemiology Training Program.