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Lauma Spriņģe

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:5.00
Study Course Accepted:16.05.2019
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_107LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:4.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Information and Communication Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Lauma Spriņģe
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)12Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures24
Classes (number)12Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes24
Total Contact Hours48
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Basic knowledge of human biology.
The aim of the course is to extend knowledge and improve competence of basic issues of the modern society; to introduce the diversity of issues to be addressed in public health and the applicable methods of cognition.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Public health, its sectors and key tasks. A brief insight into the history of public health. Health in all policies.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Evidence-based public health practice, its main activities. Public health problem characteristics, clarification of problems.Classes1.00auditorium
3Definitions of health, its subjective and objective assessment. Individual and population health, basic methods in health research. Disease. Defining a case of disease.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Health evaluation approaches: health as absence of disease; health as optimal functioning; health as a component of quality of life.Classes1.00auditorium
5Prevention, its explanation. Types of prevention. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.Lectures1.00auditorium
6High risk individuals' and population prevention strategies. Key prevention activities in the context of public health.Classes1.00auditorium
7Infectious diseases as a problem of public health. Foundations of infectious disease epidemiology, risk groups.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Chronic infectious disease impact in public health. Burden of dangerous infectious diseases. International priorities in the field of infectious diseases.Classes1.00auditorium
9Chronic non-communicable diseases as a public health problem.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Chronic non-communicable diseases, their major risk factors – smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, obesity. The WHO global strategies to reduce the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases.Classes1.00auditorium
11Emergencies in the context of public health. Emergency and disaster definitions and classifications.Lectures1.00auditorium
12Disaster medicine system and its principles. International rules of health protection.Classes1.00auditorium
13Adolescence. The role of family, school and peers in adolescence.Lectures1.00auditorium
14Main health problems in adolescents in Latvia and globally. Main risk factors. Health behaviour related problems in adolescence.Classes1.00auditorium
15Violence, research of violence in the context of public health. Violence related health consequences.Lectures1.00auditorium
16Violence against children. Violence against women. Strategies and activities for violence prevention.Classes1.00auditorium
17Maternal and child health issues as a public health problem.Lectures1.00auditorium
18Maternal and child health issues up to age of one. Health indicators, risk factors, prevention. Major health problems and risk factors for a child after age one and adolescents. Political directions of public health in improving the health of children and adolescents.Classes1.00auditorium
19Mental health as a public health problem.Lectures1.00auditorium
20Mental health in terms of public health. Diversity of mental disorders. Risk factors. The main aspects of prevention and healthcare of mental disorders.Classes1.00auditorium
21Addictive diseases as a public health problem.Lectures1.00auditorium
22Addictive diseases in terms of public health. Diversity of addictive diseases. Risk factors. The main aspects of prevention and healthcare of addictive diseases.Classes1.00auditorium
23Accidents, trauma and violence as a public health problem.Lectures1.00auditorium
24Accidents/ injuries and their indicators, types and risk factors. Risks in different age groups. Prevention strategies.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Work in small groups on presentations, case analysis, statistical data compilation with analysis, a written examination.
Assessment Criteria:
Accuracy of answers in the written examination. Activity and participation in classes.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Students will: - Define the concept of health and name the main categories of health affecting factors. - Name health indicators to be used for assessing health and applicable data sources. - Formulate functions of the public health sector. - List the main areas of activity of public health nowadays. - List key public health issues and their causes and prevention options.
Skills:Students will: - Classify health determinants. - Explain the nature of the indicators used for assessing health and opportunities of using them. - Differentiate and compare various sources of health information. - Apply the concepts used in public health. - Analyse indicators and information characterising the public health issues.
Competencies:Students will: - Relate and generalise health assessment and measurement issues to public health practice. - Justify the nature of public health sector and its role within historical and demographic context. - Critically assess and justify the problems and the situation in public health, applying data sources used in public health.
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2Frances Wilson and Andi Mabhala. Key concepts in public health. Los Angeles: Sage, 2009. 312 pg.
3Unwin, Nigel Carr, Susan Pless-Mulloli, Tanja. Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology. Open University Press, 2007.
1Brown B, Crawford P, Carter R. Evidence-Based Health Communication. Open University Press, 2006, 217 pg.
2Schiavo R. Jossey-Bass Public Health : Health Communication : From Theory to Practice (2nd Edition). Wiley, USA, 2013, 658 pg.