Public Health, Policy and Practice

Course Code :2012GENEP2
Study domain:Epidemiology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:39
Study load (hours):252
Contract restrictions: Faculty decision based on student file
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Guido Van Hal
Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden

3. Course contents *

This module introduces the student to several important concepts that are of utmost importance for future epidemiologists: Public Health, Policy and Practice. Epidemiology is the basic science of public health, because it is the science that studies the factors associated with health or disease in human populations. As such, epidemiological studies generate the information required by public health professionals to develop, implement, and evaluate effective public health programmes. This course will therefore build on the epidemiological knowledge skills gained by the students in the first year of the masters program and provide the skills to link the different concepts of epidemiology, public health, policy and practice. For example, when the students evaluate which are the most important public health problems in a certain population, they will not only explore the role of epidemiological data but also learn how to translate this information into new public health policies and how to appropriately communicate this information to policy makers. Furthermore, they will be exposed to the concepts of health systems and implementation research, which are important in the evaluation of the efficacy of newly implemented public health programs.