Bayreuth, Germany

Public Health

when 6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 850

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

Economics & Management
African Studies
Public Health
Energy & Climate
Polymer Science & Engineering
Law: Corporate Governance, ESG and Sustainability
VW foundation: Social Ecology


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

5 EC
Please ask the coordinators for detailed information om credit points.

Fee info

EUR 850: Early Bird Rate (Until 29 February 2020)
EUR 950: Regular Rate


Students from partner universities may qualify for reduced tuition fees or a tuition fee waiver.