Principles of Public Health [CK050]

Course highlights

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Start date


End date


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

€ 1285


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




  • 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

PLEASE NOTE: This does not apply to the fee of the research master programmes (120 EC points)

No fees are charged for  Erasmus MC PhD candidates, provided they have an account in Hora Finita, the Erasmus University PhD registration system. When submitting the application, you can state that someone else pays your tuition fee.

In case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.


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

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