25.9. – 24.10.2017

Global and Local Public Health Issues

Global and Local Public Health Issues
Course Dates: 25.09.2017 - 24.10.2017
Registration Dates: 10.08.2017 - 10.09.2017
Coordinating University: University of Eastern Finland
Coordinator: Annika Männikkö, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, e-mail: annika.mannikko(at)uef.fi
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General


This course will strengthen understanding of:

  • Introduction and applications of Public Health
  • Public Health implications of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Specific emphasis is on the following areas:

  • Health in socio-cultural context
  • Communicable and Non-Communicable diseases
  • Maternal and child health
  • Public health and environmental sustainability

Learning Outcomes:

Students should be able to:

  • Explore United Nations Sustainable Development Goals from the Public Health perspective
  • Upgrade understanding on Public Health in global context
  • Identify major threats to public health and well-being globally and locally
  • Get familiar with the association between health of the people and socioeconomic as well as cultural factors
  • Discuss historical, political, and ethical aspects of health issues

Learning Methods:

Course is available as an online course on Moodle platform of University of Eastern Finland.

  • Discussion forums are made for each topic separately. Students are divided into groups, so as each group has representation of students from different study backgrounds. Guidelines are provided to keep the discussions organized within the given topic outline. Teachers are assigned to each topic, who will act as facilitators in the discussion forums.
  • Successful completion of the course requires substantial amount of independent studying.

Reading Material:

  • Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health. 6th ed. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Skolnik R. Global health 101. 2nd ed. Bulington, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012.


Evaluation is based on participation in the online discussion forums. Final grading: Pass-Fail.

Additional information: 

A maximum number of UNIPID students is 30. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. UEF students, please sign up through Weboodi.

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Registration for this course is closed.