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Anita Villeruša

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_006LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Public Health
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Anita Villeruša
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Contacts:Rīga, Kronvalda bulvāris 9, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67338307
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (number)6Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes12
Total Contact Hours24
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
English, public health, epidemiology
To develop understanding about the actualities in the field of global health, about the global context of various public health problems and about the international approach in solving these problems. In frame of the study course the term and sector of global health will be analyzed; in-depth analysis will be carried out on five essential global health issues – urbanization, health of mother and child, injuries and violence, non-infectious diseases and infectious diseases.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
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Unaided Work:
Searching for scientific literature, statistical data and international guidelines, analysis, interpretation and presentation of this information.
Assessment Criteria:
Attendance of lectures and classes; participation in the discussions during the classes; elaborated and presented paper on the selected global health problem.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:- Explain the term of global health and the historical development of it, name the existing global health threats; - Compare and list the differences between concepts of public health, international health and global health; - List and describe main principles, aims and results of the UN Millennium Declaration; - List and describe main international institutions acting in the field of global health; - Characterize the differences of health systems in different regions of the world; - Tell the definition of urbanization, urban population and environment; list the causes of urbanization and the impact of urbanization on the health of an individual and the population; - Tell about the global health problems and the associated factors in the field of the health of mother and child; tell about the different ways of solving these problems in different regions of the world; - List the most prevalent modes of injuries, tell the causes of injuries and events of elimination of the problem in different regions of the world; - Define the violence, describe the classification and prevalence of the violence in different regions of the world; tell about the health consequences of experienced violence; - Define the term epidemiological transition and the influencing factors; - List the main non-infectious diseases in different regions and name the risk factors of them; - Define the outbreak, epidemic and pandemic; - List the factors leading to the pandemic; tell about the main pandemics in the history; - Tell about the modes of transmission of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis; tell about the actualities in the prevalence of infectious diseases in different regions of the world; describe the globally accepted methods of the elimination of the spread of infections.
Skills:- Classify the main activities of public health, international health and global health; - Discuss on the differences of health care system around the world; - Explain the environmental and social determinants influencing public health in the context of urbanization; - Calculate and evaluate the indicators describing health status of mother and child, compare the values of the indicators internationally; - Explain the idea of different international programs promoting health of mother and child; - Recognize and classify modes of violence and describe the prevalence of the phenomena worldwide; - Discuss on the main events of the elimination of injuries; - Evaluate the prevalence of non-infectious diseases and the influencing factors globally; - Explain the idea of different strategic initiatives in the elimination of non-infectious diseases in the global context; - Differentiate the epidemic and pandemic; - Recognize safe and risky practices and circumstances regarding HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, explain the factors making an infection a global phenomenon.
Competencies:- Discuss on global health, its development and the differences between public, international and global health; - Compare and interpret the level of achievement of the goals of UN Millennium Declaration in different countries of the world; - Differentiate health care systems in different countries of the world and to explain the impact of each system on the health of population; - Connect local public health problems and processes of global urbanization; - Discuss and argument on the problems of the health of mother and child in the global context; - Analyse statistical data on injuries, including violence in the different regions of the world and discuss on the main events of the elimination of injuries; - Discuss on differences in the spread of violence in different regions; - Interpret and argue on the causes of non-infectious diseases in the global perspective; - Discuss on the impact of different lifestyle factors on the development of chronic diseases in the context of globalization; - Discuss on the influence of different actual global phenomena on the course and spread of infectious diseases; - Argue on most effective events of the elimination of the most actual infectious diseases.
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6Pasaules Bankas, PVO, UNICEF u.c. mājaslapas;
7Ziņojumi par tautas attīstību (valsts un pasaules situācijas salīdzinājums).