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university of tampere: faculty of social sciences: studies: master’s degree programme in public and global health: courses:
Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculty of Social Sciences
Master’s Degree Programme in Public and Global Health

Advanced studies

Overview and Key Concepts in Public Health Science
Global Dynamics Influencing Health
Basic Epidemiology
Health Promotion – Policies and Programmes
Environment, Technology and Health
Application of Economics to Health Care
Strengthening Health Systems and Social Protection
Gender and Wellbeing in the Global North and South 
Poverty in the World: Hunger, Disparities and Action 
Project Cycle Management 
Qualitative Health Research
Basic Biostatistics
Master Thesis and Seminar

Clas-Håkan NygårdOverview and Key Concepts in Public Health Science

Course leader: Clas-Håkan Nygård, Professor

This course unveils the multidisciplinary field of public health. During this course students meet the professors who give them an overview of the historic, economic and cultural context s of public health, as well as the key concepts used in their disciplines. The course addresses the various approaches to assessing distribution and trends in health and health promotion.  There are lively discussions of the issues raised in a multicultural context of students from various backgrounds and viewpoints.

Anneli MilenGlobal Dynamics Influencing Health

Course Leader: Anneli Milen, Professor in Global Health and Development

Current global issues and trends are having an effect on health at international, national and local levels. The relationship between global politics and economics, and how this influences health must be put under the microscope. Any analysis of the global political economy should look at power distribution, wealth concentration and the widening income gap both between and within countries or regions. This course will also take a critical look at how the process and content of health policies are being transformed by international institutions such as WHO or WTO and new global actors. We will explore how the global burden of disease is inexorably linked with global-level dynamics.

 Basic epidemiology

Course leader: Pekka Nuorti, Professor

Basic knowledge and skills in epidemiology are crucial for any public health specialist when interpreting and using scientific evidence. The course is an introduction to the scope of epidemiology, its basic concepts and methods. During this course, students learn how to assess population health and associated factors using various measures of occurrence and associations. You will acquire competencies in the principles of the main epidemiological study designs. You will also learn how to critically evaluate epidemiologic studies and reports, including the possibility of bias, confounding and other limitations of studies.

Health Promotion – Policies and Programmes

 Course leader: Clas-Håkan Nygård, Professor

This is what this program is all about: learning how to make people’s life better by promoting their health and wellbeing. Concepts and theories in health promotion will be put to the test in by simulating planning, implementing and evaluating programs in a variety settings. Students become familiar with the principles of health promotion and interventions at various levels and in all population segments. The pros and cons of health promotion policies and actions are debated; arguments and counter arguments are presented by your classmates and professors.

Environment, Technology and Health

Course leader: Dr. Mikko Perkiö, Global Health and Development

The relationships between environment, technology and health are expanding globally. The provision of essential services - water, sanitation and electricity – demonstrates how the environment, technology and health are closely connected and intertwined. Meeting the basic needs of populations for housing, energy and transportation improves health on one hand but on the other, introduces health risks through various forms of pollution. Food production and agriculture, although necessary for survival, contributes to climate change. The use of health technologies, including looking into health software and its potential for application in both developed and developing countries is also covered.

Application of Economics to Health Care

Course leader: Pekka Rissanen, Professor

Economics plays an increasingly important role in political decision-making on health policies, systems and programmes. Public and global health experts are instrumental in providing information to politicians and policy-makers on financing health services.  Current issues such as options for cost-efficiency as well as the consequences of increasing individual financial participation in, for instance, medication costs are covered. You will learn how to evaluate the use of health-economic approaches when analysing the strengths and weaknesses of health systems around the world.

Strengthening Health Systems and Social Protection

Course leaders: Professors: Ilmo Keskimäki & Juho Saari

Global Health systems are under pressure due to the increasing demand for care and rising costs.  Governments have agreed on Sustainable Development Goals including affordable, high quality Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Which services to provide and which not, how to ensure quality and how to organize a health system and manage it, are key questions. There are pros and cons to the varying financing strategies. Topics such as to what level can the health of a population actually be achieved through health services are addressed. What is the role of health policies? How could we increase the inter-sectoral cooperation for health?


Social Protection Systems (SPS) emerged in Western countries over a hundred years ago. Together with the pressures of ageing, globalization, public deficit and the other usual suspects, there has been some retrenchment of social and health policies. However, in absolute terms, more resources are devoted to social protection than ever before. At the same time various systems of social protection and social protection floors are mushrooming all over the globe. Furthermore, either directly or indirectly, regional and global forms of social protection guidelines are now established international practice (e.g. world commission of social development, sustainable development). How these institutions evolve, how they are funded, and how sustainable they are socially and fiscally, is a matter of global importance.

Gender and Wellbeing in the Global North and South

Course leader: Dr. Mikko Perkiö, Global Health and Development

Gender is intertwined with sociological, biological, and cultural constructs. This course looks at gender issues from a human rights perspective. The major issues of demography, sexuality and use of force related to genders are investigated. Students analyse the social determinants of wellbeing, such as poverty and education, in both genders. The bigger picture of global epidemiology in women´s health - reproduction, maternal health, gender-specific health issues - will also be drawn. Overall, the course aims to deepen the students’ awareness of the main issues and contexts in which culture and gender are linked.

Poverty in the World: Hunger, Disparities and Action

Course leader: Dr. Mikko Perkiö, Global Health and Development

Chronic problems such as extreme poverty and hunger are often the result of crises. These issues, along with their often fatal outcomes, are investigated. Global and local inequality and wealth distribution together with their determinants will be explored. Actions such as Social Protection Floor (SPF) framework, various cash transfer programmes, and microfinance as strategies for alleviating poverty will be looked at. Finally, poverty reducing top-down policies and bottom-up initiatives are studied. The course explores the multi-faceted nature of poverty and its implications.

Qualitative Health Research

Course leader: Pirjo Lindfors, University Lecturer

Numbers and statistics do not tell the whole story. Qualitative methods allow for a more in-depth understanding of health-related phenomena, and are concerned with personal experiences of health and illness as well as perceptions of health education and policies. The main focus will be on developing an understanding of the major qualitative research approaches and processes as well as delving into ethical considerations. Participation in this course will develop students’ expertise in data-collection and investigation as well as their ability to critically evaluate and utilize qualitative research.

Basic Biostatistics

Course leader: Anna-Maija Koivisto, University Instructor

How do you know when statistics are the results of using sound scientific methods and when they are just numbers? This course introduces the basic concepts and methods in biostatistics. Students learn how to describe data and associations between variables as well as how to make inferences on the population based on a sample. You gain competencies in using statistical software and learn how to interpret and present the results. Upon completing the course you will have developed skills in conducting and understanding quantitative data analyses in practice.

Master Thesis and Seminar

Course leader: Clas-Håkan Nygård, Professor

This is the ultimate test of your skills. Writing the thesis gives you the chance to demonstrate your expertise in a tangible way. You can now use the knowledge you have gained during the programme. The Master’s Thesis Seminars are a forum for sharing information and ideas. The comments and critique of your teachers and co-students can reflect positively in your work and be a valuable source of feedback. Upon completion of the Master’s Degee you will have shown that you are able to appraise scientific evidence, set specific research and development objectives, choose methods, carry out and report a project based on existing or self-collected data. You are now a master ready to work in challenging posts making sense of diverse information and solving complex problems.

 
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