UNC IPRC is dedicated to training the next generation of injury professionals and enhancing the capacity of our current workforce.
Our faculty teach undergraduate and graduate courses on injury and its prevention. IPRC provides employment and research experience to students from a variety of disciplines, among them medicine, social work, mass communications, sports and exercise science, and public health.
While we offer employment and research experience to our students, we also recognize excellence. For instance, the John D. Butts Scholarship in Injury Prevention provides support to exceptional students with a demonstrated interest in using data to solve complex injury challenges.
Students are a vital part of UNC IPRC. There are typically over 20 graduate and postdoctoral students directly involved in IPRC projects. IPRC has contributed substantially to the training of 32 graduate students between 2009-13, and over its history has trained a total of 175 graduate students. Many our former students hold leading positions in research universities and institutes.
Former students trained at IPRC are employed as researchers or practitioners in universities, in community, state, and national Agencies and Centers, and non-governmental agencies.
Current UNC IPRC Students, by Department
Practitioners: We provide targeted training initiatives for practitioners and networks of community advocates in the principles of public health and injury prevention in an applied and focused setting with the Injury-Free NC Academy.
To date, the Academy has provided training to multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational teams working in NC counties to promote teen driver safety or prescription drug overdose prevention. A planned training will focus on child maltreatment prevention to enhance the capacity of the state to meet the goals of the Essentials of Early Childhood effort.
We are currently extending the Injury-Free Academy to include the South By Southwest Regional Networks.
Our seminar series, which is coupled with small group meetings with visiting lecturers open to seminar attendees, draws its audience from the UNC campus and throughout the state. Extensive focused outreach assures practitioners, advocates, and policy staff attend and benefit from the series. The associated small group meetings provide a critical forum for researchers and practitioners to connect.