Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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PGZ2024  - Disease and Prevention

Period 4: from 19-2-2024 to 5-4-2024
Coordinator: Simons, C.
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: 19-1-2024

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 26-4-2024

Resit booking

Exam booking for a test in current academic year (resit)
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Exam booking for a test from a previous academic year (exam only)
All students who have not passed the test for this module in a previous academic year, will be booked automatically for the test during the regular block period. You will be enrolled in the new course in Canvas but not scheduled for a tutorial group and other educational activities. If you do not wish to participate in this test at the end of the regular block period please de-register via askFHML.

Resit date: 9-7-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:

This course is part of the International Classroom and is therefore open to different students, which is why this course will be taught in English. Prevention has different foci: primary prevention aims to remove risk factors for diseases (e.g. stop smoking); secondary prevention is aimed at early disease detection (e.g. breast cancer screening); and tertiary prevention is aimed at timely detection and control of complications when living with disease.

Specifically, this module will address the following: 

- Primary prevention of infectious and chronic diseases: you will study the primary prevention of  emerging and re-emerging infections (with a focus on risk communication), tuberculosis (with a focus on disease characteristics and outbreak investigation), and the topic of vaccination (with special attention for the role of social media); you will also study cardiovascular disease, including risk management for individuals. 

- Genetic screening and diagnosis in the reproductive context: you will study different forms of genetic screening and ethical considerations in the reproductive context (carrier screening, (preimplantation) genetic testing, and prenatal screening and diagnosis). 

- Screening for chronic diseases: detecting disease in an early stage may prevent full-blown disease, mortality, and/or rapid progression; this module covers screening for different types of cancer and early stages of dementia. 

- Living with disease: you will study diabetes self-management, living with colorectal cancer, and chronic low back pain; the number of people living with these chronic diseases is high and growing. Life-threatening or disabling chronic diseases requires support and guidance in order to maintain or regain quality of life, prevent recurrence or complications of the disease, and continue participation in society.

Group project ‘disease and prevention: opt for an intervention’: students will study a specific disease focusing on its characteristics as these will, in part, dictate which possibilities for prevention exist; there will be a field contact with a disease expert in the Netherlands to gain more in-depth knowledge on the disease, possibilities for prevention, and the issues involved. Products are a group paper and a group presentation. Part of the preparation for the group presentation (in English) will be following the training English Presentation skills which will be in the form of a workshop.  

Please note that PGZ2024 must always be followed in combination with PGZ2224 (practical skils). It is not possible to enroll for either one of these courses separately; the total of 10 ECTS credits for PGZ2024 (9 ECTS) and PGZ2224 (1 ECTS) will only be awarded after passing both courses.

Goals: EN:

Knowledge and insight- 

Students acquire knowledge and understanding about: the occurrence, causes, diagnosis, treatment and consequences of a selection of major somatic diseases and mental disorders; the importance of disease characteristics with regard to the choice and contents of measures of disease prevention; the main types of prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as well as non-selective, selective, indicated and care-related prevention) in the public health context, with emphasis on preventive interventions such as vaccination, screening, shared decision making and informed choice; and the possibilities and impossibilities of disease prevention in the public health context.

Application of knowledge and insight- 

After this module the student will be able to apply the obtained knowledge and insight in different situations and different levels, especially with regard to: critical appraisal of the efficacy and suitability of different types of prevention in the public health context; application of the basic principles of epidemiology and prevention to evaluate the probability that preventive activities will be effective; and analyze a disease or disorder on disease characteristics and formulate an advice about the prevention possibilities for this disease or disorder.

Forming opinions-

After this module the students are capable to critically appraise and judge:· different types of preventive interventions;· the choice for a preventive intervention based on disease characteristics;· ethical aspects of disease prevention in the public health context; ethical aspects of different types of preventive interventions.

Learning skills- 

You will have skills to: communicate in academic English · collaborate with other students and public health officials · identify the conflicts that can occur while working in teams · deal with conflicts while working in teams.

Key words: EN:
diseases treatment diagnosis prevention screening communication ethics
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Presentation(s)
  • Training(s)
  • Working visit(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Final paper
  • Presentation
  • Written exam

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