Denmark, Aarhus

Health Literacy

when 7 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS

The content of the course:

1) The evolving concept of health literacy 2) Health literacy in the Danish and EU contexts 3) Why low health literacy causes problems for patients and health professionals 4) How to modify and improve health systems to address health literacy 5) How to evaluate the effect of service redesign 6) Using health literacy in health promotion 7) Developing health literacy skills 8) Developing interventions incorporating health literacy 9) Getting funding for health literacy research 10) Writing health literacy research for publication 11) Information on higher degrees in health literacy

Course leader

Gill Rowlands

Target group

Master's students

Course aim

1) Give an understanding of the evolving concept of health literacy, and how this fits within Danish and European Health systems. 2) Support students to understand health literacy within the context of their own work and that of their organisations. 3) Give an overview of health literacy levels in Denmark, England and the EU. 4) Explore the mismatch between health information and complexity and population skills, and work with students to identify how these might be addressed.
5) Explore the place of health literacy in health promotion. 6) Give an understanding of how health literacy skills can be developed in health and community contexts. 7) Give a grounding in service redesign to address the health literacy needs of patients and the public, including methods of identifying and evaluating change and the costs and benefits of interventions. 8) Have understanding of how to develop e complex intervention to address health literacy inequalities or develop health literacy skills. 9) Introduce the importance of Scandinavian, UK and European health literacy networks in sharing skills and knowledge. 10) Identify potential funders for health literacy research and development. 11) Teach the basics of writing for publication of health literacy research and development.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.