Social Epidemiology [ESP61]
Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)
Prof. Frank van Lenthe
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL
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
Epidemiologists and public health researchers with a specific interest in health inequalities.
Reduction on fees
PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE RESEARCH MASTERS (120 EC points)
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.
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.