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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


Prof. Eduardo J. Simoes
University of Missouri, USA


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


Dr. Victoria Brown
Deakin University, Australia

Mrs. Jaithri Ananthapavan
Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Omodior Karo
Indiana University, USA


Prof. Susanne Tittlbach
University of Bayreuth

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