Life Course Influences on Health and Aging. Epidemiology and Theory

Course content

The purpose of the elective course is to provide the students knowledge about which and how factors across the life course influence health and aging, and knowledge about the epidemiologic methods and epidemiological and sociological theories applied in this research. Furthermore, it is the purpose for the students to gain knowledge about the larger life course cohort studies in Denmark and selected places in Europe with a main focus on UK.

Education

MSc in Public Health Science

Learning outcome

After the course the student must be able to:

Knowledge

Define life course epidemiology

Mention and describe larger life course cohorts in Denmark and Europe

Skills

Explain strenghts and weaknesses of the life course research approach

Explain the different epidemiological life course theories regarding the influence on health and aging, among these the theory of critical and sensitive periods, theory of accumulation and theory of social mobility

Mention and describe major sociological theories of life course

Competencies

Discuss the analytical challenges in life course epidemiology

At a superior level explain what life course factors are the most important regarding development of chronic disease and accelerated aging (for example decline in functional ability or cognitive function)

Kun d et al. A life course approach to healthy aging. Oxford University Press 2014

ECTS
10 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Course paper to be worked on throughout the course
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner.
Criteria for exam assessment

Knowledge

Define life course epidemiology

Mention and describe larger life course cohorts in Denmark and Europe

Skills

Explain strenghts and weaknesses of the life course research approach

Explain the different epidemiological life course theories regarding the influence on health and aging, among these the theory of critical and sensitive periods, theory of accumulation and theory of social mobility

Mention and describe major sociological theories of life course

Competencies

Discuss the analytical challenges in life course epidemiology

At a superior level explain what life course factors are the most important regarding development of chronic disease and accelerated aging (for example decline in functional ability or cognitive function)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • Exam
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 215
  • English
  • 275