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Ģirts Briģis

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_088LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Health Management
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Ģirts Briģis
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:
- Understanding of causal relationships in health, preliminary knowledge of the philosophy of causality; - Application of principles and methods of epidemiology in practice, preliminary knowledge of the probability theory and mathematical statistics as well as computer skills; - Understanding of the concepts of diagnosis and classification, as well as meaning of norm, screening; preliminary knowledge of normal and pathological physiology as well as propaedeutics; - Knowledge of English in order to read and analyse modern literature.
to provide basic knowledge and understanding of the modern public health and epidemiology, as well as to promote students’ scientific, systematic and analytic thinking.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Health; Public Health; Helath promotionClasses1.00auditorium
2Health; Public Health; Helath promotionLectures1.00auditorium
3Disease prevention. Screening of diseasesLectures1.00auditorium
4Disease prevention. Screening of diseasesClasses1.00auditorium
5Concept of epidemiology. Causality.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Concept of epidemiology. Causality.Classes1.00auditorium
7Epidemiologic measures. Health information.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Epidemiologic measures. Health information.Classes1.00auditorium
9Epidemiologic studies: desciptive studies. Errors and biases.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Epidemiologic studies: desciptive studies. Errors and biases.Classes1.00auditorium
11Analytic studies. measures of associations.Lectures1.00auditorium
12Analytic studies. Measures of associations.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Work with the given literature. Data collection and aggregation in order to submit the given individual tasks. Presentations of the results gained in individual tasks.
Assessment Criteria:
- Activity during interactive lectures. - Finished class exercises. - Quality of individual tasks finished in due terms. - Final report - analysis of a public health problem and its presentation.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Upon successful completion of the course the students will: - define health and list main groups of health determinants; - formulate practical and scientific tasks of the public health discipline; - classify and describe the levels of disease prevention and objectives of health promotion; - state historic development of the concept of epidemiology and its current understanding, list the future challenges; - identify and interpret causal factors, risk factors as well as associated factors of diseases and health in the frame of multi-factorial theory; - formulate principles of evidence based medicine; - define principles to measure health related events and states; - define principles of demographic measures; - describe health information types, its main sources and factors influencing its quality; - classify main designs of epidemiological studies and list their advantages and limitations; - explain the concepts of confounding and bias
Skills:The students will be able to: - differentiate causal and non-causal associations of factors and health events; - calculate measures of health events and states; - calculate demographic measures; - apply electronic data bases for the selection of health information; - appraise validity of epidemiological studies corresponding to the study designs.
Competencies:After successful completion of the course the students will: - justify the necessity of empirical data for practice of public health and its use to define and solve public health problems; - elucidate prior public health problems by using quantitative empirical data; - choose health and demographic measures for studies of health problems; - critically judge health information depending on its source and taking into account evidence; - evaluate effectiveness of treatment, disease prevention and health promotion.
1R.Beaglehole, R.Bonita, T.Kjellstrom „Basic Epidemiology”. WHO, Geneva, 2000.
2J.F.Jekel, J.G.Elmore, D.L.Katz „Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine”. „Saunders”, Philadelphia, London, 1996
1R.S.Greenberg „Medical Epidemiology” (4th edition). „Lange Medical Book”, London, 2005.
2L.Gordis „Epidemiology” (3rd Edition). Elsevier Saunders, 2004
3B.B.Gerstman „Epidemiology Kept Simple” (2nd edition). „Wiley-Liss”, New York, 2003
6European Community Health Indicators (ECHI)