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About Study Course

Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Credit points / ECTS:4 / 6
Course supervisor:Aija Bukova-Žideļūna
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Information and Communication Science
Branch of science:Medicine


Develop understanding and competence in theoretical and practical issues of health promotion and disease prevention.


Basics in public health and epidemiology.

Learning outcomes


On successful completion of the course, students will:
• define and distinguish between disease prevention levels;
• identify and describe disease prevention strategies;
• outline the concept and basic principles of health promotion;
• describe key elements of health promotion;
• list theoretical models used to promote health;
• describe the main stages of health promotion programmes;
• outline the main approaches to health promotion.


On successful completion of the course, students will:
• apply the concepts used in health promotion;
• assess differences between disease prevention, health education and health promotion;
• compare and explain the advantages and disadvantages of a high risk and population strategy;
• generalise and discuss the principles of application of the basic elements of health promotion in the development of health policy and programmes.


On successful completion of the course, students will:
• justify the idea and role of the health promotion approach in the context of today’s public health issues;
• discuss and justify the role of health promotion and disease prevention in improving public health;
• assess the opportunities for the use of communication strategies in health promotion programmes.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Health Communication, VKM3Master’sRequiredLauma Spriņģe, Anita Villeruša, Inese Gobiņa, Aija Bukova-Žideļūna