Social Epidemiology [ESP61]

Course highlights

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Start date


End date


Course days

Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)


Prof. Frank van Lenthe

Course fee

€ 490


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




  • Epidemiology


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Detailed information about this course:


Faculty: Prof. Frank van Lenthe, PhD

The unequal health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic show the stubbornness of health inequalities, and the need for epidemiologists and public health experts with the skills to apply an equity perspective to public health challenges. In this course, I introduce and illustrate modern research methods in social epidemiology, i.e. the study of the social determinants and social outcomes of health. The three main areas to be covered are: the measurement of health inequalities, the explanation of health inequalities, and the evaluation of interventions and policies to reduce health inequalities. Application of the research methods will be illustrated with historical landmark studies as well as recent examples from the international literature.

The programme consists of lectures, hands-on exercises, and group discussions. The focus will be on socioeconomic inequalities in health, but the role of other social factors (such as migration background and marital status) will also be discussed.


After the end of the course, the student is able to

  • Interpret commonly used measures of health inequalities
  • Describe explanations of health inequalities and the methods used to investigate explanations
  • Understand the tools to investigate the reduction of health inequalities
  • Discuss actual themes in social epidemiology on the basis of recent research findings

Participant profile

Epidemiologists and public health researchers with a specific interest in health inequalities.



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.

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.