Public Health Epidemiology (online)

  • LocationHome
  • Duration3 weeks - 14 hrs / wk
  • Starting moment6 January 2025
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Teaching methodOnline
  • CertificationCertificate
  • Price€1,030
  • ECTS1.5 EC

Public Health Epidemiology (online)

Public health epidemiology: from basic principles to future trends

You will start by learning the basic principles of public health epidemiology, illustrated by the main successes in this field in the past. We will focus on important measures of population health, their interpretation and use in public health policy. You will learn how to calculate the effect of an exposure on life expectancy and what part of this exposure can be attributed to the development of a disease. You will also weigh and compare the effects of two prevention strategies: intervening in individuals at high risk for developing a disease, versus introducing preventive measures for the whole population. The societal, economic and health dilemmas involved in introducing population measures will be illustrated by the smoking ban. This online medical course will also cover the persistent socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in health, including epidemiological and statistical methods, and you will learn the basic principles of how future trends in population health are modeled.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the typical features of public health and public health epidemiology
  • Weigh and compare the effects of high-risk versus population strategies for prevention In particular, you will be able to:
  • Reproduce at least 5 different measures of population health, their interpretation and use in public health policy or practice
  • Calculate life expectancy from life-table data and construct survival curves
  • Describe dilemmas in the implementation of population measures for smoking reduction from a societal, economical and health perspective
  • Calculate the effect of exposure to risk factors on life expectancy and attributable fraction
  • Weigh and interpret the contribution of risk factors to population health
  • Describe types of input required to model future trends in population health
  • Describe the main underlying factors causing certain patterns in population health
  • Apply epidemiological methods to study ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in population health
  • Interpret results from multilevel analysis to disentangle effects of a shared environment (contextual effects) and individual risk factors on population health

Target Group

Our courses are aimed at clinical researchers, nurses, general practitioners, and other health professionals who want to improve their skills in epidemiology, statistics and (clinical) research.

Public Health Epidemiology (online)

3 weeks, 14 hours per week

Online

Please note, even though you can manage your own time our courses are not intended as individual education. By learning together you will gain depth in your learning process, which is very important. Therefore flexibility from students, a positive attitude towards teachers and peers and the willingness to learn together and help each other is invaluable to our courses

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