Frames for Public Health / Paper Semester 1
During this module students write their first individual academic paper: semester paper 1. Students apply their knowledge and insights by exploring a current European public health issue. They apply frameworks used in the field of the new public health and practice writing an academic paper for the first time. With guidance from the semester coordinator, students explore academic and policy literature to identify a European public health topic that interests them. At the same time, students follow a series of lectures including a broad range of public health issues and topics which are focused on the European region. Each lecture brings in a different disciplinary perspective and different evidence – demonstrating to the students the depth and breadth of the field of public health in the European context. On the basis of these insights, and the learning from the semester, students apply frameworks of public health to their chosen topic. During the module students follow an English writing course which is designed to increase their understanding of the conventions of academic writing and to improve their overall use of English when writing. Students receive feedback on their writing from their peers as well as from their language instructor. Students also receive guidance on presentation skills which covers the structure of presentations, presenting styles and the language that should be used in presentations.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
At the end of the semester paper, students should be able to:
With respect to knowledge and understanding
- define ‘old’ and ‘new’ public health
- recognise the multi-disciplinary nature of public health
- be able to analyse a public health issue using a framework of public health
- state the interconnections between global, European, regional, national and local public health issues and interventions
- explain the benefits of research methods and techniques
With respect to application of knowledge and understanding
- begin to perform public health analysis
- critically reflect on the field of public health in relation to other fields of study
- critically reflect on their own thinking, decisions and actions With respect to making judgements
- begin to formulate an original and critical style of academic thinking and analysis
- be able to review their own professional knowledge and development
With respect to communication and learning skills
- engage with literature and evidence
- demonstrate improvement in written and spoken (English) language skills
- be flexible and have the capacity to work under pressure
• Detels; R.; McEwen; J.; Beaglehole; R. and Tanaka; H. (eds) 2004. (4th edition) Oxford Textbook of Public Health. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
• Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. Closing the health gap in European Union. European Communities; 2007.
• EUROSTAT. Health statistics – Atlas on mortality in the European Union. European Communities; 2009.
• Mackenbach; JP. Health inequalities: Europe in profile. [An independent; expert report commissioned by the UK Presidency of the EU (February 2006)].
• Pomerleau; J. and McKee; M. (eds) 2005. Issues in Public Health. Open University Press: Maidenhead.
• Tulchinsky TH & EA Varavikova 2008. The New Public Health: An introduction for the 21st century. 2nd edition. San Diego: Academic Press.