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Public Health Epidemiology, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
    Duration
University rank #51 (ARWU) Online
This course will enhance your understanding of public health epidemiology, the science upon which public health is based. Public health epidemiology involves describing and interpreting geographical and temporal patterns in population health, identifying prevention strategies, and estimating and evaluating the impact of risk factors and preventive measures on population health. 

About

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.

Accreditation

As this is a university course, it is covered by academic accreditation. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a recognized certificate from Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 21 days
    • Intensity 14 hrs/week
  • Credits
    1 ECTS
    1.5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Course Topics:

  • General introduction into public health epidemiology and the effects of high-risk and population strategies for prevention on population health

  • Public health aspects of active and passive smoking to illustrate the general principles, with a special focus on the political, economical and individual perspectives on smoking reduction as a population strategy

  • Patterns in population health across regions or the world and across socioeconomic and ethnic groups

  • Projections of future population health and potential health gain by preventive policy measures

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

To enroll in this course, you need:
  • A BSc degree
  • Access to the program SPSS
  • A basic knowledge of epidemiological definitions (as taught in Study Design in Etiologic Research)
  • A basic knowledge of statistics (as taught in Introduction to Statistics)
  • Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing

Technological Requirements

Since our courses are offered online, you do need access to a computer with internet connection (preferably with a broadband speed of 2-5 mb per second) to access the Virtual Learning Environment, to follow lectures, open documents, to complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    785 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 785 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    785 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 785 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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