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Title Public Health Implications of an Aging Population
Course number 3233
Programme Folkhälsovetenskap
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2020-03-23 -- 2020-04-03
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is for students to gain an increased understanding of the public health implications that arise from an aging population, as highlighted by the WHO’s Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030. The students will be trained to identify the challenges and opportunities related to the ongoing demographic changes in society, both from a life course and public health perspective.
Intended learning outcomes After completing this course, students are expected to be able to:
1. Identify and discuss public health implications that arise from an aging population.
2. Reflect on how these implications can be related to her/his research.
3. Reflect on key concepts from the course, and apply them to her/his research.
Contents of the course The course provides knowledge on key concepts in the multidisciplinary field of aging research. Attention will be given to the following themes and related challenges and opportunities for public health:

-Health trends and the interplay between morbidity and mortality in later life (e.g., compression and expansion of morbidity)
-Concepts of “Aging well” (e.g. active and healthy aging)
-The changing life course (e.g. gradual retirement, re-partnering, and attitudes and norms towards aging and old age)
-Health inequalities in old age, and how they are shaped by experiences and behaviors throughout the life course
-Aging within health and social care systems
Teaching and learning activities Different strategies for teaching and learning will be used, such as lectures, seminars, group discussions, and peer reviewing, in order to promote an analytical and critical approach to the course content. The doctoral students' proactive participation will be required.
Compulsory elements The students are required to participate in scheduled activities, including lectures, group discussions and seminars. The course directors assess how absence should be compensated.
Examination To pass the course the student has to achieve the learning outcomes. This will be assessed through active participation in mandatory seminars, an individual written assignment reflecting on the course content in relation to her/his own research and also written and oral reflection on a peer’s individual assignment.
Literature and other teaching material Scientific articles, reports and book chapters related to the course content will be distributed before and during the course.

In selection:

Dannefer, D. (2010). The SAGE handbook of social gerontology. Sage Publications. E-book available via KIB.
Harper, S. (2014). Economic and social implications of aging societies. Science, 346(6209), 587-591.
World Health Organization. (2015). World report on ageing and health. World Health Organization.
Foster, L., & Walker, A. (2014). Active and successful aging: A European policy perspective. The Gerontologist, 55(1), 83-90.
Fries, J. F., Bruce, B., & Chakravarty, E. (2011). Compression of morbidity 1980-2011: a focused review of paradigms and progress. Journal of aging research, 2011.
Chatterji, S., Byles, J., Cutler, D., Seeman, T., & Verdes, E. (2015). Health, functioning, and disability in older adults—present status and future implications. The Lancet, 385(9967), 563-575.
Ferraro, K. F., & Shippee, T. P. (2009). Aging and cumulative inequality: How does inequality get under the skin?. The Gerontologist, 49(3), 333-343.
Kuh, D., Richards, M., Cooper, R., Hardy, R., Ben-Shlomo, Y. (2013). Life course epidemiology, ageing research, and maturing cohort studies: a dynamic combination for understanding healthy ageing. In: Kuh, D., Cooper, R., Hardy, R., Richards, M., & Ben-Shlomo, Y. (Eds.). A life course approach to healthy ageing. OUP Oxford.
Number of students 10 - 25
Selection of students Eligible doctoral students will be selected based on 1) date for registration as doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date), and 2) the relevance of the syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project. To be considered, include a short description of current research.
More information This course has previously been given with course number 3040.
Additional course leader Neda Agahi, kursansvarig och examinator Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle neda.agahi@ki.se
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Charlotta Nilsen
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

charlotta.nilsen@ki.se
Contact person Charlotta Nilsen
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

charlotta.nilsen@ki.se