Principles of Public Health [CK050]

Course highlights

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Start date


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Course days

Monday-Friday, the course covers a fulltime workload


Joost Oude Groeniger, PhD, Wilma Nusselder, PhD, Juanita Haagsma, PhD, Mariëlle Beenackers, PhD, Tanja Houweling, PhD, Prof. Lex Burdorf, PhD, Prof. Frank van Lenthe, PhD

Course fee

€ 1200






ESP11 Public Health Methods, ESP61 Social Epidemiology


  • Public Health


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


Life expectancy increased in the past decades, but will this remain to be the case? While public health strategies contributed to improvements in population health, major challenges remain. Improving population health in the next decade(s) requires a thorough analysis of current challenges, their causes and solutions. In this course, students will learn the concepts and methods for an analysis of the health of the population, the identification of the main causes, and the evaluation of strategies to improve population health. Summary measures of population health and the impact of diseases on population health will be start of the course, followed by a life course perspective on multilevel determinants of health. Variations in health will be investigated with mediation analysis. Students will also be introduced in mixed method approaches for the evaluation of public health strategies, including natural experiments.

For students in our master programmes, the core concepts presented in this course will be assessed in the core competences exam that bundles the fall semester courses. This is in addition to the assessment during the course in the form of assignment(s). The core competences exam is only mandatory for students starting their programme in August 2021 or later, while the assignments during the course are mandatory for all participating students.

You can view a view examples of the group assigment here


After the course, students are able to

  • Identify major population health challenges
  • Quantitatively evaluate the contribution of important determinants of population health
  • Develop and evaluate intervention strategies and policies

Participant profile

Early career researchers in public health, epidemiology or the social sciences who want to know how to come up with the best solutions for important population health problems and want to apply public health and epidemiological methods to do so.


Assignment(s), Attendance

Reduction on fees


No fees are charged for participation of Erasmus MC PhD candidates

Please note that in case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.

50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

UMIT, Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Technology Assessment.

25% reduction on our fees for Erasmus MC employees

For participants formally appointed at all departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above and Erasmus MC PhD candidates).

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students without formal appointment at Erasmus MC

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student.