Course catalogue doctoral education - HT22

  • Application can be done between 2022-04-19 and 2022-05-16
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Title Public Health Research - Concepts and Theories
Course number 2928
Programme Public Health Science
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2022-04-25 -- 2022-05-20
Responsible KI department Department of Global Public Health
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
Graham, H. (2007). Unequal lives: health and socioeconomic inequalities. Maidenhead: Open University Press. [electronic resource]
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 12 - 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 The course will be online. There will be three days of online teaching in the first three weeks of the course. In the last week we will meet only once and you are supposed to send in your individual assignment in the end of the fourth week.
Additional course leader
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Janne Agerholm
Department of Global Public Health
Contact person Janne Agerholm
Institutionen för global folkhälsa

Veronique Henriksson Milliot
Institutionen för medicin, Solna