Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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EPH4012  - Measuring and Comparing Health in Europe – Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Period 1: from 4-9-2023 to 27-10-2023
Coordinator: Hrzic, R.
ECTS credits: 5
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

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Course information

Description: EN:
Comparisons of population health and health systems are at the heart of public health and health policy in Europe and we commonly encounter them in national or international health reports. Our goal in the next four weeks is to empower you to perform valid and insightful health comparisons in the European context and to write your own European health report.In the toolkit of a European public health professional, comparative health research is used to identify areas (countries or regions) and issues (e.g. diseases) that are outliers in the positive or negative sense and require either careful study or an immediate response. By placing these topics in the second module of the Master in Governance and Leadership in European Public health, we wish to give you an opportunity to identify challenges you might wish to focus on during the subsequent modules and to help you decide on a placement topic that allows you to have a direct impact on solving these challenges.The aim of this module is to enable students to explore, measure, and compare the striking diversity of populations’ health status, healthcare provision, and health inequalities in European Region using quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches.
Goals: EN:

Knowledge and understanding

At the end of the module, students have:

       · knowledge about assessment and measurement of health, burden of disease and quality of life; 

       · knowledge about the main health indicators and databases used in the European region; 

       · knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of using secondary data; 

       · knowledge of how to critically appraise scientific reports; 

       · knowledge of how to design comparative research in health and health care;

       · knowledge of quality and ethical aspects of comparative research.


Application of knowledge and understanding

At the end of the module, students are able to:

       · use databases to obtain relevant indicators which describe the health status and healthcare provision in countries of the European region; 

       · compare and interpret indicators of health status and healthcare provision in different countries of the European region; 

       · differentiate between study designs relevant to comparative health research;

       · develop and execute simple comparative study designs. 

Making judgments

At the end of the module, students are able to:

       · make proper judgements about differences in healthcare systems and practices throughout Europe based on available data.



At the end of the module students are able to:

       · communicate effectively with healthcare professionals, public health experts, policymakers and decision-makers about issues related to comparing health status and health in the European region;

       ·communicate their knowledge related to design, analysis and limitations of comparative health and healthcare provision research and secondary data analysis;

       ·draft a publication related to comparisons of health status, health inequalities and healthcare provision in the European region.

Key words: EN:
Measuring health, comparing health, health indicators, migrant health.
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Training(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Final paper

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