Bayreuth, Germany

Public Health

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 550

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, policymaking, 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

Week 2 - Public Health - Physical Activity and Nutrition
Part 1: Methods for Prioritising Interventions to Improve Population Health Using Diet and Physical Activity Case Studies

After the Course You Will 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: Scaling Up and Implementing Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions

This Course Will Increase Student's Knowledge of...

- Physical activity epidemiology including health implications, current prevalence, determinants, measurement and intervention evidence
- The actors and systems responsible for physical activity promotion
- Terminology, conceptual models and study designs for implementing and scaling up interventions.
- Scale-up and implementation strategies including ways to identify and address contextual barriers and facilitators

Course leader


Prof. Dr. Martin Hensher
Deakin University, Australia

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Nagel
University of Bayreuth, Germany

Prof. Dr. Susanne Tittlbach
University of Bayreuth, Germany

Target group

The programme is open to students (preferably post-graduate or at least in their last third of their studies) and professionals from all disciplines, although the course will focus on Public Health.

Credits info

6 EC
Please ask the Summer School team for detailed information on credit points.

Fee info

EUR 550: Early Bird Rate (Until 28 February 2021)
EUR 650: Regular Rate


Students from partner universities may qualify for reduced tuition fees.