Practical Skills Disease and Prevention
This module includes the following practicals and skills trainings:
- Collaboration in Teams: in the field of health promotion, it is of great importance to develop skills that enable you to collaborate constructively and effectively in teams; the topic of collaboration is emphasized in all courses of the Bachelor’s program Prevention and Health using different working formats, such as training sessions, games, and reflection assignments; in this module in particular, students will learn about the importance of conflicts in teams and how to deal with conflicts.
- Is screening on lung cancer useful?: students learn to calculate and interpret different measures related to the effectiveness and consequences of a screening, including the sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values of a test.
- Health Counseling skills: students will familiarize themselves with the basic principles of health counseling and acquire skills in applying these principles; health counseling techniques in several care settings and for various types of prevention (i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary) will be illustrated and practiced.
- (Professional) English presentation skills: students receive guidance in how to present a topic in front of an audience convincingly in English; a teacher of the language center will be present during the group presentations (part of PGZ2024) to provide feedback on students' English presentation skills; the training is tailored to all students and will be useful for all levels including native English speakers.
- Working visit to the Maastricht Study Centre: the Maastricht Study is a large cohort study aimed at investigating complications of diabetes; students will follow a guided tour to learn about what the Maastricht Study entails, to learn about the types of measurements done at the study site, and to see how research is organized in a real-life context of which the results may fuel health promotion initiatives.
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Knowledge and insight
Students acquire knowledge and understanding about: the importance of disease characteristics with regard to choice and contents of measures of disease prevention and the principles of health counseling.
Application of knowledge and insight
After this module the students are capable of applying the obtained knowledge and insights in different situations and different levels, especially with regard to: critical appraisal of the efficacy and suitability of different types of prevention in the public health context; analyse a disease or disorder on disease characteristics and formulate an advice about the prevention possibilities for this disease or disorder; and applying and practicing the principles of health counseling in a counseling session.
After this module the students are capable to critically appraise and judge: the choice for a preventive intervention based on disease characteristics; ethical aspects of disease prevention in the public health context; and ethical aspects of different types of preventive interventions.
After this module the students are capable to communicate (in speech and in writing): with colleagues and concerned parties on disease and preventive measures in the public health context and with clients in a health counseling session.
The student has skills to: communicate in academic English; collaborate with other students and public health officials; identify the conflicts that can occur while working in teams; and deal with conflicts while working in teams.
The basis literature of the modules consists of:
- Detels, R., Gulliford, M., & Karim Q. A. (Eds.) (2015). Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Tulchinsky TH, Varavikova EA. The New Public Health. Second Edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press, 2009.
- Poster RS, Kaplan JL, Lane KAG, Schindler ST, Short SC, Steigerwald MA. Merck Manual. Professional edition. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional
Specific literature will be offered through Reference list.