Global Injury and Violence Prevention Summer School

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About the Experience

The Global Injury and Violence Prevention Summer School offers a professional introduction and training in injury and violence prevention methodology and practical application from a global perspective. This week-long course will utilize panels, presentations, workshops and visits with local government agencies for a global, hands-on experience. Students will also be encouraged to attend social networking and cultural events on select days. This course is workshop-based and will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in partnership with the Cluj School of Public Health. All coursework is conducted in English.

The 2020 course dates are May 25-29, 2020. Students are advised to leave 1-2 days to travel to and from Romania.

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic theory and approaches to injury and violence prevention (Haddon matrix, socioecologic model, etc)
  2. Describe the burden of injury and violence globally
  3. Understand and estimate basic injury epidemiology measures
  4. Understand how to measure injuries and collect data
  5. Identify the leading causes of injury and their populations at risk
  6. Identify and prioritize different approaches to the prevention of injuries (with an emphasis on policy)
  7. Understand the importance of human rights, social welfare, and advocacy in the violence and injury prevention decision-making process

All students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. Students who wish to receive course credit may receive 1 s.h. from the University of Iowa. Summer tuition costs will apply.

All students are required to apply and be accepted before registering or enrolling in this course.

About the People

This course is being conducted in tandem with iCREATE: Increasing Capacity in Research in Eastern Europe. This NIH-funded project offers public health research training to LMIC partners in Eastern Europe. University of Iowa students will be joined in class by public health and medical clinicians from Romania, Moldova, Armenia and Georgia.

Workshops during the training course will be taught by a number of Injury and Violence Prevention experts from the Romania and the U.S., lead by  Corinne Peek-Asa, MPH, PhD and Razvan Chereches, MD, PhD.

About the Location

This course will be offered at a conference site near downtown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Cluj is a moderately-sized city with a population of approximately 320,000. Located in the Apuseni Mountains, Cluj is considered the unofficial capitol of Transylvania.

The University of Iowa partners with Babes-Bolyai University (UBB), Romania’s largest university, for a variety of global student experiences. While in Cluj, students accommodations will be in dorms provided by UBB. Students will have easy access to the conference site, UBB facilities, and the downtown area. For more information on UBB, click the button below.

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Costs and Fees

The total cost of participation is estimated to be around $2900 for the May 2020 course. An itemized budget is below. Please note that many of these costs are estimates and subject to change.

Airfare Roundtrip from Cedar Rapids, IA $1700
Registration Fee $600
Housing Accommodations UBB dormitories at $19/night* $133
Miscellaneous Living Expenses Food, toiletries, etc at $65/day $455
UI Tuition (optional) 1 s.h. during the summer term $1000
TOTAL:  $2900

*Cost subject to change pending UBB room availability. All rooms will be 2 person occupancy; students will share a room with another US student attending the course.

All students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. Students who wish to receive course credit may receive 1 s.h. from the University of Iowa. UI tuition costs apply and are approximately $1000 per s.h. for the summer term.

For information on global experience funding, click the button below.

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How to Apply

All students are required to apply and be accepted before registering or enrolling in this course.

The deadline to apply for the May 2020 course is February 1, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, students must complete an online application by clicking the button below. Interested students are also required to meet in-person with the CPH Global Health Coordinator. To set-up an appointment, please email

In the application, students will be asked to provide the following items:
  • Summary of personal and academic information.
  • A copy of their unofficial UI transcript.
  • A list of previously completed health science, global health, and/or public health coursework.
  • Answers to two short answer questions (500 character maximum each).
  • Undergraduate students will also be asked to provide a reference from their academic advisor to be emailed to
Students will be selected based on stated interest in injury and violence prevention and academic and disciplinary standing. Due to capacity restrictions, seating in this course is limited and not all qualified students may be selected.

Applicants will be informed of their admission within 2 weeks of submitting their application. Following admission to the course, students will have 60 days to confirm their enrollment with the latest possible date being March 1, at which time all funding and scholarships should be finalized.

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All University of Iowa students with an interest in Injury and Violence Prevention and/or global public health are encouraged to apply. However, students currently enrolled in the College of Public Health will be given first priority if seating is limited.

  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Undergraduate students are required to submit a reference from their primary academic advisor.
  • Students must be able to obtain a passport and the appropriate visa documentation, if needed. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens.
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Students are not required to have previous international experience.

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All questions regarding course content, application, and enrollment should be directed to the Sophie Switzer, Global Health Programs.

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