Introduction to Public Health
Full course description
Public Health is the multidisciplinary field of research, practice and policy that aims at promoting health and preventing disease. The aim of this course is to provide a vivid view on public health and insight in: its fundamentals, its methods and the organizations involved in public health. Various aspects of public health such as healthy eating will be addressed from an ecological perspective in which we distinguish between individual, family, organizational, community/environmental and global level. You will study the role of public health on every distinct level and ask yourself if public health interventions should aim at the individual, the collective or the environment. What is the role of public health for the chronically ill? How can public health target the family? How can we protect/promote health in the occupational setting and what about health, prevention and public health in the developing countries? How can we explain socio-economic health differences and does the built environment play a role in public health problems? Further, you will work in small groups on a specific public health problem. Finally, you will conduct an interview with a professional working in the field of public health and report your findings in a report and a mini symposium.
- To provide students with knowledge and understanding of what Public Health encompasses and that Public Health can intervene on several ecological levels (individual, interpersonal, organization, community, society), what the main aims of public health are (disease prevention, health protection, health promotion) and how it has developed over the years.
- After this course, students will have gathered experience in the application of knowledge and understanding and the translation to the field of observational research. They will also have developed basic skills on how to use knowledge and observational data in order to find solutions for a public health problem and on reporting these solutions.
- Learning skills: After this course students will be able to find their way in the available literature, to follow developments in public health in a critical and efficient way, integrate the different different professional perspectives and to collaborate in small teams and critically reflect on personal work as well as on the work of others.
- Detels, R., Beaglehole, R., Lansang, M.A. & Gulliford, M. (2011) Oxford Textbook of Public Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (reading room)
- Specific literature that is available online or in an e-reader