Injury Prevention MOOC Expands Training Resources

“As far as feedback for the course, I really, really, enjoyed it! I thought it had really effective information presented in a good way. I liked the interview style format, and I appreciated the variety of visuals on the slides. I also really appreciated the fact that we aren’t really presented this information anywhere else in our medical school curriculum, and as someone going into pediatrics, this information is vital for taking care of my future patients.”
MOOC Medical Student Trainee

The Issue

The field of injury prevention science is growing, with evolving areas of focus, a steady flow of new research results and studies translating evidence into practice. Information may be scattered, with literature and courses available from a variety of universities or organizations and libraries not available to all, and some courses requiring expensive tuition, and may require inflexible in-person attendance or scheduling constraints.

For those trying to learn about injury prevention, stay abreast of new theories and evidence-based research, and find clear, consistent messaging for patients and stakeholders, there was no one-stop source of low-cost, freely available course content focusing on injury prevention.

Additionally, time-constrained clinicians and injury prevention practitioners hoping to improve their clinical practice and counsel families, could not easy access information when convenient to them, and students in health professions, sports medicine, public health and other fields were often only provided a small sampling of coursework in injury prevention.


In the first four months, over 1500 learners have enrolled with 111 countries represented (43% from the U.S). Through the U-M Injury Prevention Center’s online MOOC, as well as our formal training and summits, we have trained 5,000 members of the practitioner community in past cycles.

“This was one of the best online courses I have had, very informative and well designed.”
Medical student

This New MOOC Helped...

Generate New Research

Translate Knowledge

Disseminate the Latest Injury Prevention Science

Develop Evidence-based Interventions

Provide Technical Assistance

Train Researchers & Practitioners in Injury Prevention

How was this addressed?

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center extended its training opportunities through developing and disseminating a massive open online course (MOOC) in child and adolescent injury prevention, released in April 2018. This MOOC (Injury Prevention for Children and Teens) is the nation’s most comprehensive online course for pediatric injury prevention. Across 59 video learning segments that are grouped into modular themes, and taught by a multidisciplinary panel of 25 nationally-recognized injury prevention experts, learners gain new skills to improve clinical practice, support families and their communities, and learn detailed strategies and techniques to apply best injury prevention practices. Individuals may progress through a self-paced course to advance their current knowledge or earn certification for completing content and assessments in one or more of the modules that include segments on the prevention of opioid overdose, ACEs, concussion, youth violence, dating violence, suicide, transportation safety, burn prevention, and across unintentional and intentional injury foundations. Learners have the ability to select all modules or individual topics that are of most interest. 25.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ are available for learners who qualify.

Key Results – Program Success

The Injury Prevention MOOC was released to the public in April 2018. Additionally, the MOOC is being used as part of the University of Michigan Medical School’s elective curriculum, and as part of the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Injury Certificate Program.

For more information see: Injury Prevention for Children and Teens

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has also developed a MOOC to educate health professional students and practitioners on opioid abuse and overdose. The course, “Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers” can be accessed here.

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