Public Health Epidemiology

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

Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. It is applied in describing and interpreting geographical and temporal patterns in population health, in identifying prevention strategies, and in estimating and evaluating the impact of risk factors and preventive measures on population health. This course will enhance your understanding of public health epidemiology, the science upon which public health is based.

Suitable for: 
Epidemiologists in universities, hospitals, municipal health services and other governmental health organizations, and to PhD candidates working on an epidemiological or public health thesis.
Start date(s): 
Face-to-face: 29 April 2019 Online: to be announced
Time investment: 
Face-to-face: Four full working days and one day self-study Online: 3 weeks 14 hours per week
Location: 
University Medical Center Utrecht
Provider: 
Faculty of Medicine
Fee: This fee is exempt from VAT
Face-to-face: € 830 Online: €785

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.

At the end of the course, you are able to:

  • describe the typical features of public health and public health epidemiology
  • weigh and compare the effects of high risk versus population strategies for prevention
  • reproduce at least 5 different measures of population health, their interpretation and use in public health policy or practice
  • calculate life expectancy from life-table data and construct survival curves
  • describe dilemma’s in the implementation of population measures for smoking reduction from the societal, economical and health perspective
  • calculate the effect of exposure to risk factors on life expectancy and attributable fraction
  • weigh and interpret contribution of risk factors to population health
  • describe types of input required to model future trends in population health
  • describe the main underlying factors causing of patterns in population health
  • apply epidemiological methods to study ethnic and socio-economic inequalities in population health
  • interpret results from multilevel analysis to disentangle effects of a shared environment (contextual effects) and individual risk factors on population health

Questions?

Please contact our Educational Office:
MSc-Epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl
​088 75 69710