Strategies for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Course content

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the strategies and theories of disease prevention and health promotion, including health communication in different settings, and to plan and evaluate interventions in low-, middle- and high-income countries. The students should be trained in including the skills achieved in the previous courses. 

Students will be introduced to methods used for health education, as well as tools and skills necessary to provide health promotion and disease prevention services to individuals, families, groups, and communities. There will be a focus on the functioning of actors and decision makers as well as health care systems and its interaction with the population and other sectors of society (e.g. NGOs, water suppliers, the agricultural sector, etc.) in the wider socio-political context.

Skills will be acquired in communicating evidence-based knowledge, advice, and decisions across cultures and on different levels to policy decision makers, media, organizations, as well as population groups – using a range of tools and strategies and through different media, Health impact assessments (HIA) will be introduced as a participatory tool in planning for sustainable development.

The students will be introduced to strategies to reduce social inequalities in health in low-middle- and high-income countries, as well as criteria for evaluating effects of interventions and prevention strategies.

They will also be trained in planning activities to counteract a major global health problem by identifying primary stakeholders and barriers to changes that might improve health.

Education

MSc Programme in Global Health - compulsory

Learning outcome

Intended learning outcomes:

 

Knowledge

On completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the strategies and theories of disease prevention and health promotion, including health communication in different settings
  • Analyse how to plan and evaluate interventions in low-, middle- and high-income countries.
  • Know strategies to reduce social inequalities in health in low-middle- and high-income countries, as well as criteria for evaluating effects of interventions and prevention strategies.

 

Skills

On completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Work in an interdisciplinary setting
  •  Plan activities to counteract a major global health problem by identifying primary stakeholders and barriers to changes that might improve health.
  • Plan activities to change relevant individual risk factors (downstream solutions) and structural conditions (upstream solutions)

Competencies

  • On completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss central theories of prevention and health promotion - including theories on health behaviour, empowerment, planning, intervention, and communication.
  • Identify and critically discuss strategies to reduce social inequalities in health in high- middle- and low income societies.
  • Critically evaluate health promotion through the health impact assessment (HIA) as a participatory tool in planning for sustainable development - utilizing HIA processes and methods.
  • Critically analyze evidence criteria for evaluating the effects of interventions.

The course will include a combination of lectures and student activating sessions. The students will be introduced both to theories and empirical material on all the course topics. A compendium of texts will be prepared for the course, but the students will also be trained in finding and reading scientific articles.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 7 days
Written assignment
Type of examination:
Assessment is based on a report (max. 8-10 pages- 24000 characters incl. Spaces)
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student must be able to:

Knowledge

  • Describe and discuss central theories of prevention and health promotion -including theories on health behaviour, empowerment, planning, intervention, and communication.
  • Know strategies to reduce social inequalities in health in low-middle- and high-income countries, as well as criteria for evaluating effects of interventions and prevention strategies.
  • Describe and discuss significant national and international prevention and health promotion programs and strategies to counter essential health problems.


Skills

  • Plan activities to counteract a major global health problem by identifying primary stakeholders and barriers to changes that might improve health
  • Plan activities to change relevant individual risk factors (downstream solutions) and structural conditions (upstream solutions)

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Compenticies

  • Critically describe and discuss central theories of prevention and health promotion - including theories on health behaviour, empowerment, planning, intervention, and communication.
  • Identify and critically discuss strategies to reduce social inequalities in health in high- middle- and low income societies.
  • Critically analyze evidence criteria for evaluating the effects of interventions.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Exercises
  • 24
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 112
  • English
  • 206