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Public Health & Community Health Promotion

Week 1 - Public Health Surveillance and Applications

The course should prepare students by increasing their knowledge in:

  • The relationship between public health policy and public health surveillance 
  • Characteristics and function of public health surveillance – infectious diseases, injury, chronic diseases, risk factors and behaviors, environmental
  • Epidemiological methods used in public health surveillance
  • Applications of public health surveillance –monitoring of health events, policy making, detection of outbreaks/epidemics, preventive and control actions

The course should increase student’s skills in:

  • Public health surveillance data collection and quality
  • The analyses of trends and patterns in the occurrence of health events
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Cluster investigation
  • Public health program development
  • Evaluation of public health programs
  • Evaluation of public health surveillance systems

Lecturer:

Prof. Eduardo J. Simoes
University of Missouri, USA

Coordinator:

Prof. Andreas Schmid
University of Bayreuth

Week 2 - Community Health Promotion

Part 1: Methods for prioritizing interventions to improve population health using diet and physical activity case studies

After the course you should be able to:

  • Define and explain basic economic concepts, especially efficiency, opportunity cost, utility and marginal costs and benefits.
  • Understand the role of government in healthcare from an economic perspective
  • Analyse the differences between different approaches to financing health care (market-based and government financed systems) 
  • Understand the essential characteristics of economic evaluation, and how it differs from other forms of health care evaluations
  • Explain the basic steps in conducting an economic evaluation of a health care intervention
  • Understand the need for priority setting in health
  • Evaluate the role, strengths and weaknesses of economic approaches to priority setting
  • Apply priority setting principles to analyse selected case studies related to obesity prevention

Part 2: Planning evidence-based community health promotion programs

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a data collection instrument for assessing Social Determinants of Health
  • Identify the leading indicators of preventable morbidity & mortality
  • Explain the concept of risk and protective factors in community health promotion
  • Explain the levels of prevention & socio-ecological model in public health
  • Define & Explain the 4 steps of the Behavior-determinant-Intervention (BDI) logic model framework 
  • Create S.M.A.R.T public health goals
  • Design a community-based health promotion program using the BDI logic model

Lecturers:

Dr. Victoria Brown
Deakin University, Australia

Mrs. Jaithri Ananthapavan
Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Omodior Karo
Indiana University, USA

Coordinator:

Prof. Susanne Tittlbach
University of Bayreuth

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