Recommended: Health, Society and History and one of the following courses: Introduction to Psychology or Social Determinants of Health.
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 infectious 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.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
List important social and behavioral determinants of common infectious and non-communicable diseases.
Apply specific models related to health behavior and its determinants.
Identify prevention policies for major global public health challenges
Use scientific methods in primary and secondary prevention research.
Critically evaluate the implementation of specific screening and vaccination programs.
Design their own theory-based and evidence-based health promotion program
Once available, timetables will be published here.
Mode of instruction
Exercises (eg. to assess the specificity and sensitivity of a specific screening instrument)
Debates (eg. about implementation of a screening programs)
In-class discussion (eg. about a specific mass media campaign related to health)
Individual assignments about screening : 20%
Group assignment: Intervention mapping: 30% (individual performance will be reflected)
In-class participation: 5%
Final exam: 30%
There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.
Bartholomew LK, Parcel SG, Kok G, Gottlieb NH, Fernandex ME. Planning Health Promotion Programs. An Intervention Mapping Approach. 3rd edition. 2011 John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Penny Webb and Chris Bain, Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. Chapter 14 and 15. 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press.
This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jessica Kiefte-de Jong, email@example.com.