SCOPE - Summer School on Violence and Injury Prevention, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

17 – 22 June 2024

About the program

The iCREATE Summer School 2024 is designed to provide students with the background and skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate public health intervention programs focusing on violence and injury prevention and control.

This week-long program in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is designed as a workshop-based course in partnership with the Department of Public Health. Participants will engage in panels, presentations, workshops, and site visits to gain hands-on experience.

The workshops will be taught by a number of Injury and Violence Prevention experts working on the iCREATE project from Romania, U.S.A., Armenia, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. All coursework is conducted in English.

Students will be taught interactively and will have the opportunity to develop, adapt and practice skills in program design, program implementation and evaluation through in-class activities and case studies. 

This program is being conducted in tandem with iCREATE: Increasing Capacity for Injury Research in Eastern Europe. This NIH-funded project offers public health research training to LMIC partners in Eastern Europe.

Discovering Cluj-Napoca

This program will be offered downtown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Cluj-Napoca is a moderately sized city located in the Apuseni Mountains and is considered the unofficial capital of Transylvania.

Babes-Bolyai University (UBB) is Romania’s largest university, offering various global student experiences. While in Cluj-Napoca, students’ accommodations will be in dorms provided by UBB, in the same building where the program will take place. Students will easily access the UBB facilities and the downtown area. For more information on UBB, click here.

On June 14-23, 2024, the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), the biggest international film festival in Romania, will take place in Cluj-Napoca. Open to the general public as well as industry professionals, the Transilvania International Film Festival shows over 250 films and its programme includes cine-concerts, concerts, as well as art exhibitions and meeting opportunities between filmmakers and the Romanian audiences. Since 2021, thanks to Transilvania IFF, Cluj-Napoca is part of the UNESCO City of Film network. For more information, click here.

Students are advised to leave 1-2 days to travel to and/or from Romania.


During the Summer School students will be able to develop the following professional competencies:

  • Understand both the basic standards of violence and injury prevention and how these issues can be either minimized or avoided completely;
  • Understand how to measure, collect, and analyze data in the injuries and violence domain;
  • Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to these specific issues in diverse communities with diverse cultural values and traditions;
  • Differentiate among goals, measurable objectives, activities, expected outcomes, appropriate indicators, and data collection methods for a public health intervention program;
  • Differentiate between the purposes of formative, process, and outcome evaluation and explain how their findings can be used;
  • Conduct literature review and apply professional, scientific literature (e.g. epidemiologic data, behavior change theory) and the conceptual models in program planning, implementation and evaluation to have an evidence-based approach;
  • Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, policies, and interventions;
  • Explain the contribution of logic models and other planning tools in program development, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health intervention programs.
  • Stimulate change related to injury and/or violence prevention through policy, enforcement, advocacy, and education.

All students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course with 3 transferable credits.

Costs of the program

Students from Armenia, Georgia and Republic of Moldova are eligible for a full scholarship supported by the iCREATE Program. All costs will be covered for a total of nine students, three from each partner country.

The total cost of participation is estimated to be around $1,495. An itemized budget is below. Please note that many of these costs are estimates and subject to change.

              Airfare (approx.)                                500 USD

              Registration fee                                 600 USD

              Accommodation (dormitories)       200 USD

              Living Expenses                                 196 USD

All rooms will be 2-person occupancy.

Application Process

All students are required to complete an online application using the REGISTRATION BUTTON.

The deadline to apply for the program is March 15, 2024.

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 the admission to the program, students will have 15 days to confirm their enrollment with the latest possible date being April 19, at which time all funding and scholarships should be finalized.

Students with a public health background or interest in public health are encouraged to apply.
Students are not required to have previous international experience.

Contact us

All questions regarding course content, application process, cost of the program, or other concerns should be directed to Diana Nemes at 


Increasing Capacity for Injury Research in Eastern Europe


Dr. Diana Dulf
Pandurilor 7 Street, 9th Floor, Room 910, Cluj-Napoca, Romania