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About Study Course

Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Inese Gobiņa
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Health Management
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Public Health


The study course imparts the knowledge and skills in managerial epidemiology.


Basics in causal philosophy;
Basics in probability theory and mathematical statistics;
Prior knowledge of human physiology and basic principles of disease diagnosis;
English language.

Learning outcomes


- define epidemiology;
- define health;
- to list the categories of health determinants;
- to name the principles on which the health impact pyramid is based;
- formulate principles for the assessment of health-related events and conditions;
- to define the concepts of health, disease, illness, and sickness;
- classify and describe disease prevention levels;
- to formulate disease screening within the secondary disease prevention;
- identify the preconditions for disease screening for disease, testing, and treatment;
- name the measures of diagnostic tests;
- to identify mortality indicators;
- formulate the principles of evidence-based medicine;
- to classify the main designs of epidemiological studies;
- name the measures of the associations;
- define the concepts of confounding and bias in research.


- apply the concepts used in epidemiology accordingly;
- differentiate interventions within the health impact pyramid;
- explain the differences between the different mortality indicators used;
- distinguish between disease prevention strategies and levels;
- differentiate between causal and non-causal factor associations and health events;
- calculate basic epidemiological indicators;
- calculate morbidity and mortality rates;
- calculate the measures ​​of diagnostic tests;
- calculate the epidemiological measures of associations;
- to evaluate the validity of epidemiological studies according to the study design.


To apply the fundamental principles of epidemiology in health management practice and research.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Health Management, VVM 1Master’sRequiredInese Gobiņa
Health Management, VVMeng 1Master’sRequiredMirdza Kursīte