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About Study Course

Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Toms Pulmanis
Study type:Full time
Course level:Bachelor
Target audience:Nursing Science
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Medicine; Public Health


To provide knowledge and develop skills in the basic aspects of Public Health and Epidemiology, which are necessary for the evaluation of health information and for evidence-based practice of Public health in the framework of Nursing and Midwifery.


The basics of normal and pathological physiology, Introduction to Psychology and Sociology, Introduction to Evidence-Based Care.

Learning outcomes


• To define the concepts of health, norm and disease.
• To formulate objectives and tasks of public health, name the most important sub-fields of public health.
• To define the concept of disease prevention, strategies and levels of prevention, including the concept and preconditions of screening.
• To define the concept of health promotion and characterize health promotion approaches.
• Name main health determinants in the context of multicausality.
• Name the definition of social determinants of health and different social determinants of health.
• Name the basic measures in epidemiology, explain differences and interrelation between measures.
• Name the sources of health information, methods of acquisition, advantages and disadvantages, objectives of health monitoring.
• To recognize the basic designs of epidemiologic studies.
• Name and describe the basic principles of healthcare organization and financing.


• To interpret the concepts of health and disease in relation to speciality.
• To give examples of health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
• To give examples of health determinants, including social determinants.
• To calculate basic measures in epidemiology.
• To distinguish crude, specific and standardized rates.
• To distinguish study designs.
• To use statistical databases for the search of health information.


• To discuss public health issues and potential speciality-related solutions.
• To evaluate the appropriateness of data sources to ascertain public health problem/-s.
• To evaluate the appropriateness of study design to answer research question.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Nursing, ĀSNMZF4Bachelor’sRequiredToms Pulmanis, Lauma Spriņģe, Artūrs Kaļva, Inese Stars
Nursing Studies, MZF4Bachelor’sRequiredToms Pulmanis, Inese Stars, Dzintars Mozgis, Mirdza Kursīte
Midwifery, MZFVb6Bachelor’sRequiredToms Pulmanis, Inese Stars, Dzintars Mozgis, Mirdza Kursīte