TEACH-VIP is a comprehensive injury prevention and control education programme which has been developed through the efforts of WHO and a network of global injury prevention experts. The course material includes PowerPoint slide presentations and supporting lecture notes which address a wide variety of topics relevant to injury prevention and control. In September 2004 TEACH-VIP was piloted in 23 settings worldwide and a wide variety of training audiences. WHO has now made this training material freely available for settings wishing to provide instruction in the area of injury prevention. The training materials and a variety of other resources are available in CD-ROM format and are supported by a 32-page users' manual. The actual training materials are structured around 60 lessons, each lesson taking approximately one hour of classroom time to teach.

For more information please visit the WHO TEACH-VIP website, this site provides information on the TEACH-VIP curriculum, teaching manual and training package.


The main goal of TEACH-VIP is to train students, professionals and practitioners in the field of public health to better apply key injury prevention and control principles, to contribute to the development of preventive programs and policies, design effective surveillance systems, evaluate intervention programs and policies, and collect and assess injury data.

Target audience

While the curriculum has been developed with a primary training audience of public health students in mind, it is also expected that this curriculum can be used for allied medical and nursing students, injury prevention and response practitioners, health professionals, staff within government agencies and other relevant and interested parties. It is anticipated that those making use of the materials will select the lessons most appropriate to the needs of their training audience, and that the materials will be translated and adapted to a wide variety of contexts as necessary.

Course objectives

The course objectives are defined as follows:

  • To identify the basic principles of injury prevention, control and safety promotion
  • To differentiate basic methods to study injury problems in the community
  • To diagnose problems from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • To design, implement and evaluate injury prevention and safety promotion interventions
  • To identify and compare effective injury prevention and control interventions (products, programs, policies)
  • To identify relevant sources of information (scientific literature, guidelines and recommendations, summaries of research, web sites) and critically appraise them
  • To advocate for injury prevention in communities
  • To practice injury prevention control and safety promotion based on universally accepted ethical principles