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Public Health Epidemiology

Utrecht University

21 days
870 EUR/full
870 EUR/full
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This Public Health Epidemiology course from Utrecht University will enhance your understanding of public health epidemiology, the science upon which public health is based. 

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Key Features

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. It is therefore essential to have a thorough understanding of public health epidemiology if your work or study involves any public health-related issues. 

This Public Health Epidemiology course from Utrecht University  is therefore highly suited to epidemiologists in universities, hospitals, municipal health services and other governmental health organizations, and to PhD candidates working on an epidemiological or public health thesis.

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.

Programme Structure

Course Topics:

  • 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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 21 days
    • 14 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

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Enrollment deadline 3 Jan





1.5 ECTS



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    870 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.
  • EU/EEA

    870 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR for the full programme during 21 days.


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