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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Stress and Health from a Life Course Perspective

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Autumn
Blok 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
ECTS 5 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Nadya Dich (4-7265686d4477797268326f7932686f)
  • Department of Public Health
Course number: SFOK16002U

Course content

This elective course in oriented towards students who would like to expand their knowledge regarding the role of psychosocial factors in health. The course brings together the disciplines of psychology, neurophysiology and epidemiology to familiarized students with the latest work on stress in childhood, adulthood and older age. The goal of the course is to introduce basic theoretical concepts underlying stress and health research and review empirical evidence regarding the role of stress in health across the life span. The course will cover such topics as poverty, traumatic life events in childhood and adult life, work and family stress and their effects on morbidity and mortality. In addition, factors that may protect individuals from negative effects of stress will be discussed.

Learning outcome

 

After completing the course, the students are expected to be able to:

Knowledge

  • Understand major theories underlying stress and health research.
  • Reflect upon various measures and types of stress throughout the life course.
  • Understand the basics of neurophysiological stress response (e.g. the role of the central and autonomic nervous system and the neuroendocrine system).
  • Understand empirical findings regarding the role of stress in health and ageing.
  • Name and discuss some of the protective factors that make individuals less vulnerable to stress.
  • Reflect upon the significance of stress for public health.

 

Skills

  • Find relevant research articles on health consequences of stress.
  • Critically evaluate existing research on health consequences of stress.
  • Assess to what extent the existing evidence confirms theories regarding stress and health.

 

Competence

  • identify gaps in current knowledge regarding consequences of stress and identify possible future directions.
  • Propose a study design that will adress one or more limitations of existing research on stress and health.

Recommended prerequisites

Experience reading and understanding scientific articles in public health, epidemiology, psychology or related field.

Mandatory prerequisites

BA in public health, epidemiology, psychology or related discipline.

Education

MSc in Public Health Science

Studyboard

The Staff-Student Committee of the Bachelor/Master of Science in Public Health

Teacher

Nadya Dich, Naja Hulvej Rod, Jolene Masters Petersen

Duration

1 block

Schedulegroup

See the schedule in Syllabus.
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Teaching and learning methods

The course combines lectures and seminars in which students will have an opportunity to discuss and criticize research articles.

Capacity

45

Language

English

Workload

Category Hours
Class Instruction 20
Exam 20
Preparation 98
English 138

Exam (Written assignment)

Type of assessment

Written assignment
Course paper to work on throughout the course.

Aid

All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Evaluation will be based on a course paper. Students will be required to identify a research article within the area of stress and health and write a paper about it. In their papers the students will be asked to:
- discuss how the article relates to major theories of stress and health,
- describe and critically assess the methods used in the article,
- identify the limitations of research described in the article,
- propose ways to address those limitations, and
- discuss the relevance of research described in the article for public health.

To pass the exam, the students are expected to be able to:

Knowledge

  • Demonstrate the understanding of major theories underlying stress and health research.
  • Reflect upon various measures and types of stress throughout the life course.
  • Reflect upon the significance of stress for public health.

 

Skills

  • Find relevant research articles on health consequences of stress.
  • Crtitically evaluate existing research on health consequences of stress.
  • Assess to what extent the existing evidence confirms theories regarding stress and health.

 

Competence

  • Propose a study design that will address one or more limitations of existing research on stress and health.

Censorship form

No external censorship
one internal examiner

Exam period

See the exam schedule here: http:/​/​sund.ku.dk/​uddannelse/​vejledning-information/​eksamensplaner/​folkesundhedsvidenskab/​

Re-exam

See the exam schedule here: http:/​/​sund.ku.dk/​uddannelse/​vejledning-information/​eksamensplaner/​folkesundhedsvidenskab/​

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