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Toms Pulmanis

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:2.00
Study Course Accepted:12.12.2019
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_116LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Nursing Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Toms Pulmanis
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Contacts:Rīga, Anniņmuižas bulvāris 26a, mdakatrsu[pnkts]lv, mdakatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67061568
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)5Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures10
Classes (number)11Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes22
Total Contact Hours32
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
The basics of normal and pathological physiology, Introduction to Psychology and Sociology, Introduction to Evidence-Based Care.
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.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Health, public health.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Health, public health.Classes1.00auditorium
3Health information, data sources.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Health information, data sources.Classes1.00auditorium
5Disease prevention strategies, health promotion.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Disease prevention strategies, health promotion.Classes1.00auditorium
7Social determinants of health.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Social determinants of health.Classes1.00auditorium
9Healthcare organization.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Healthcare organization.Classes1.00auditorium
11Epidemiology, causality, basic measures in epidemiology – incidence and prevalence.Classes2.00auditorium
12Crude, specific and standardized rates, basic measures of demography.Classes2.00auditorium
13Study designs in epidemiology – descriptive and analytic studies.Classes2.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Work with literature. Analysis of research publications. Tasks for calculation of basic measures in epidemiology.
Assessment Criteria:
Correctness of written answers in exam.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:• 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.
Skills:• 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.
Competencies:• 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.
1M.Baltiņš „Lietišķā epidemioloģija”. „Zinātne”, Rīga, 2003.
2R.Beaglehole, R.Bonita, T.Kjellstrom „Basic Epidemiology”. WHO, Geneva, 2000
3J.F.Jekel, J.G.Elmore, D.L.Katz „Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine”. „Saunders”, Philadelphia, London, 1996
1R.S.Greenberg „Medical Epidemiology” (4th eddition). „Lange Medical Book”, London, 2005.
2L.Gordis „Epidemiology”(3rd Eddition). Elsevier Saunders, 2004
3B.B.Gerstman „Epidemiology Kept Simple” (2nd eddition). „Wiley-Liss”, New York, 2003;;;; European Health Information Gateway (