Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Module Information
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EPH1021  - Health, Health Determinants and the European Union

Period 1: from 4-9-2023 to 27-10-2023
Coordinator: Houkes, I.
ECTS credits: 9
Language of instruction: English

Publication dates timetable/results in the Student Portal

Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 18-8-2023

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 17-11-2023

Resit booking

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Resit date: 14-2-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:

This course serves as an introduction to the BEPH curriculum and will lay the foundation for all upcoming courses. 

In Part I of this course, you will be introduced to studying in an academic environment, the Problem Based Learning (PBL) system, the library, the structure and content of the EPH programme and the Specialized Competency Lines (SCLs). For a description of these SCLs, we refer to course EPH1221. You will study the many dimensions and complexity of the concept of health, and you will learn and reflect on how health has been defined within various traditions (WHO, positive health) and over time. You will also elaborate on the concepts ‘public’ and ‘European’, in order to find out more about what it means to study EPH. 

In Part II of the course, you will study various determinants of health on various levels, and the most influential models in this regard. You will also be introduced to the phenomenon of health inequalities. Health is not equally divided among the population and you will study types and possible causes of socioeconomic and other health inequalities. 

In Part III, the course departs into a focus on the European Union. This portion of the course addresses issues such as the history of the EU, the main purpose of the EU (economic), the EU treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, the EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council), and the decision making processes on EU level. In order to understand public health issues and policies in Europe, it is essential that you have an understanding of the functioning of the EU and EU legislation. You will also reflect on several ethical issues and dilemmas that come into play when thinking about public health in Europe. During this part of the course you will participate in an excursion to the EU quarter in Brussels. 

Goals: EN:

Below is an overview of the most important Intended Learning Ooutcomes (ILOs) of this course:


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

                · Describe the concepts of health, public health and diverse definitions of health

                · Define and reflect on (European) public health as a domain

                · Distinguish between public health and (medical approaches to) health care

                · Describe patterns of socioeconomic and other inequalities in health

                · Describe (influential models of) factors that determine health

                · Identify and describe the history, organs and major legal structures and processes of the EU

                · Describe the Treaties of the EU and how public health is addressed in these treaties


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

                · Recall fundamental principles of research ethics and integrity

                · Describe the ways in which research forms the basis for public health activity


By the end of the course, students should be able (on a basic level) to:

                · Discuss topics and findings in English (aiming for level B2)

                · Demonstrate understanding of feedback from teachers and peers


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

                · Understand and describe the problem-based learning approach

                · Contribute actively and positively in tutor groups and training groups

                · Behave in a respectful, professional and reliable manner in tutor groups and group work

Key words: EN:
Health (European) public health Health inequalities Socio-economic inequalities Health determinants European Union Treaty of the European Union Ethical issues Problem Based Learning
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Training(s)
  • Working visit(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Participaion
  • Written exam

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