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Title Public Health Research - Concepts and Theories
Course number 2928
Programme Folkhälsovetenskap
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2020-06-01 -- 2020-06-12
Responsible KI department Institutionen för folkhälsovetenskap
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course This course is designed for students in all areas related to advancing the health of the population or who want an understanding of the theories and concepts relevant when doing public health research. After this course the student should be able to put her/his research in a public health context and relate it to key public health concepts.
Intended learning outcomes The learning outcomes are: 1. Discuss what constitutes a public health issue; 2. Reflect upon key public health concepts in relation to your own research area; 3. Discuss how theory can aid in advancing research in public health
Contents of the course The course provides knowledge on key concepts and theories in the multidisciplinary field of public health and an overview of the development of public health as a research area. Areas that will be covered include the concept of health and how it may be measured, global health needs and priorities, health policies, health prevention and promotion as well as determinants of health and health inequalities. Theories in these areas as well as on social stratification, gender and intersectionality are explored.
Teaching and learning activities Different strategies for teaching and learning will be used such as lectures, group-discussions, peer reviewing and article seminars. The focus will be on critically reflecting upon the knowledge and relating it to your own research.
Compulsory elements Group assignments, article seminars and seminar on individual assignment are compulsory. If the student is unable to attend, a written report of the questions related must be handed in.
Examination To pass the course the student has to achieve the learning outcomes and this will be assessed in small group assignments and an individual assignment.
Literature and other teaching material During the course we will introduce different types of literature like articles, reports and text books. The students will get introduced to the core literature within each area for future references relevant to each students area of research. Most literature will be available online, but as an introduction to public health we recommend the book:

The new public Health, by Fran Baum, (4th edition) Oxford University Press, 2015, ISBN: 9780195588088

This book covers many of the areas what we will touch upon in the course.

For e-book alternative see the following suggestions:

Issues in Public Health second edition, edited by Fiona Sim and Martin McKee, Open University Press, UK, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0335244225
and
Graham, H. (2007). Unequal lives: health and socioeconomic inequalities. Maidenhead: Open University Press. [electronic resource]
LIBRIS-ID:21107146
These textbooks are available as e-books on the KI library's website.

Articles and further reading will be distributed during the course.



Number of students 15 - 20
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information
Additional course leader Sara Fritzell (sara.fritzell@ki.se)
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Janne Agerholm
Institutionen för folkhälsovetenskap

janne.agerholm@ki.se
Contact person Janne Agerholm
Institutionen för folkhälsovetenskap

janne.agerholm@ki.se