London, United Kingdom

Population and Public Health

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module will provide an introduction to definitions used in population and public health, basic theories, and conceptual frameworks linking major determinants of health with a range of individual and population health outcomes.

It will provide an introduction to the history of population health. The role of London in public health research will be explored and the basic measurements of outcomes and risk factors used in public health, and data sources used in population health, will be introduced.

Course leader

Dr Hynek Pikhart is a reader in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and is one of the directors of the MSc Social Epidemiology: Health and Society.
His current research focuses on determinants of health in European countries.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Understand terminology used in population health, epidemiology, and public health, including major types of study design and their advantages and disadvantages;

Understand basic measures used in population and public health;

Be able to discuss theories concerning the causes of health inequalities and links between major determinants of health and a range of health outcomes;

Be able to outline the nature of health inequalities by socioeconomic status, ethnic group and gender; globally and within countries including the UK;

Be able to summarise examples of evidence, from birth and across the life course, supporting differing theories of health inequalities.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs £1100 per 3-week Session.