CHL-33303 Epidemiology and Public Health Policies


Studiepunten 3.00

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Course coordinator(s)AF Schwarz
Lecturer(s)AF Schwarz
dr. ir. A Haveman-Nies
Examiner(s)AF Schwarz

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Assumed knowledge on:

HNH-28303 Introduction Descriptive Epidemiology and Public Health, HNH-28803 Introduction Analytical Epidemiology and Public Health (distance learning courses) or the on campus equivalent HNH-24806 Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health.


Note: The period mentioned below is the period in which this course starts. For the exact academic weeks see the courseplanning on This course can not be combined in an individual programme with CHL-32806 Public Health Practice.
This course is one of the core-courses for future public health professionals aiming at a career in the public and private sector. In this course students learn how public health policy and interventions are developed.
In society, health is an important asset as it is a resource for everyday living. It enables children to go to school and develop their potential, adults to work and care for their families and elderly to remain involved in society. Health is more than an individual matter; the functioning of our society depends on healthy people. Therefore, it is of great importance to optimize health and its related lifestyle factors (healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption, non-smoking, physical activity etc.). Analysis of major health problems and their determinants is needed to develop public health policies and programmes that intend to result in considerable health gains in the long term.
In this course methods will be introduced and explained which support the planning and implementation of public health policies and programmes. Relevant theories, concepts and tools will be presented, and illustrated with practical examples. For this purpose, the public health cycle will be introduced. This planning model provides a basic framework for professionals working in the field of public health that can be used for planning, implementing and evaluating policies and programmes. This planning model includes the following seven steps: conduct a needs assessment, support priority setting, formulate aims and objectives, construct a logic model, develop an evaluation plan, perform quality control, and analyse processes and outcomes.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

1) Explain the public health system and working processes that are applied in the public health sector, namely step 1-4 in the public health cycle;

2) Explain how to conduct a needs assessment, including: describe and prioritize determinants related to health problems, based on scientific literature and research reports (e.g. WHO);

3) Explain how to support priority setting;

4) Formulate aims and objectives;

5) Construct a logic model;

6) Apply step 1-4 in the public health cycle to a concrete health problem of a selected country in a group assignment.


Knowledge clips, self-study, online group discussions, individual assignments, and an overall group assignment.


- final exam: remote proctored written exam with closed and opened questions (60%);
- group assignment report Public Health Cycle (40%);
Both components need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Haveman-Nies A, Jansen M, van Oers JAM, van 't Veer P (2017). Epidemiology in public health practice. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.

Verplicht voor: MNHDLNutritional Epidemiology and Public HealthMSc2DL