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Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies




Admissions requirements

Recommended at least one 100 level and 200 level course in the track ‘Health, behavior and Society’


Prevention strategies in global public health refers to actions to prevent the occurrence of a disease (Primary Prevention) or actions to arrest the progress and reduce the consequences of a disease once established (Secondary Prevention).

Lifestyle factors as smoking, dietary habits, unsafe sex and physical activity but also social factors as poverty, social support and health care facilities are important determinants of health and disease. Hence, promoting healthy life styles combined with improving living and working conditions and health care facilities play an important role in public health interventions.

During this course attention will be given to the development of theory-based and evidence-based interventions applied to health promotion, prevention of both communicable and non-communicable diseases and tackling socioeconomic inequalities in health. In addition to this, key strategies in disease prevention such as vaccination and screening programs will be discussed.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Know social and behavioral determinants of common communicable and non-communicable diseases.

  • Know determinants of health behavior.

  • Know prevention policies for major global public health challenges

  • Understand methods and practice in primary and secondary prevention research.

  • Understand the justification and regulation of screening and vaccination programs.

  • Be able to design their own theory-based and evidence-based prevention intervention


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

Student presentations


Individual assignments: (20%)
Group assignment (30%)
Group Assignment presentations (15%)
In-class participation (7%)
written examination (25%)
Peer review (3%)


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

This is a tentative list. It is subject to change.

  • Bartholomew LK, Parcel SG, Kok G, Gottlieb NH, Fernandex ME. Planning Health Promotion Programs. An Intervention Mapping Approach. 2004/2011 John Wiley and Sons Ltd. Available through

  • Penny Webb and Chris Bain, Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. Chapter 14 and 15. 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press. Will be made available through blackboard

  • Miller AB. Epidemiologic studies in cancer prevention and screening. Sprinter. New York. 2013. Chapter 1 (Health promotion), chapter 4 (HPV), chapter 5 (Cancer and infection), chapter 15 (Cervical cancer screening), chapter 16 (screening coloncancer), chapter 17 (screening breast cancer), chapter 18 (prostate cancer screening) Will be made available


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


M.J. Cho, PhD