Public Health in the 2020’s

Campus Kuopio

Duration and credits: two weeks, 5 ECTS
Teaching language: English
Level: Master, Doctoral, professional development
Maximum number of attendees: 25
Course coordinators:  
Dr. Sohaib Khan, MBBS, MPH, PhD; (Academic coordination and course content)
Ms. Annika Männikkö, (Practical arrangements)
Course director: Professor Jussi Kauhanen, MD, MPH, PhD, Director, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland
Responsible department:  Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
Learning outcomes: This two-week intensive summer course gives an overview of modern public and global health with all its current and upcoming challenges. The graduate-level (master’s and doctoral) course is es-pecially suitable for students in health sciences, and also those in related fields (e.g. in natural sciences, social sciences etc.), but it is equally open to all students who are interested in examining contemporary health issues from various, and perhaps novel, perspectives.


The course will outline current and near-future health challenges in the world that has just entered the third year of the global Sustainable Development Goals.  Public health is examined from many points of view, from everyday grass root life to general sociocultural and global systems.
Fields of public health that are covered in more detail include population health statistics and trends (in Fin-land, Europe, globally), modern health promotion, aspects of progressive health policy, socioeconomic and cultural determinants of health, environmental health, specific topics in occupational health, public health of ageing populations, public health nutrition, and some other relavant topics. Plenty of real-life examples are taken especially from the recent public health progress and future challenges in Finland.
Modes of study: The curriculum includes, among other activities, many expert lectures, seminars, discus-sions groups, a hands-on computer lab session with real-life epidemiologic data, and a field visit to the top-edge University hospital facility in Kuopio. Students will prepare a course work in groups, and the output will be presented and discussed together during the closing-day seminar.
Study materials: Literature and readings (mostly online) will be provided prior and during the course. The students will get to use the UEF information and digital library services as part of their independent studies and readings during the course.
Evaluation criteria: to be announced
Professor Jussi Kauhanen, Public Health
Professor Tomi-Pekka Tuomainen, Epidemiology
Professor Eija Lönnroos, Geriatrics
Professor Kimmo Räsänen, Occupational Health
Professor Timo Lanki, Environmental Health
Professor Marjukka Kolehmainen, Nutrition
Adjunckt Professor Arja Erkkilä, Public Health Nutrition
Adjunct Professor Jyrki Virtanen, Nutritional Epidemiology
Assistant Professor Sohaib Khan, International Health
Adjunct Professor Juhani Miettola, International Health
Dr. Javkhlanbayar Dorjdagva, Health Economics
Dr. Jos Verbeek, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Dr. Simo Kokko, MD, PhD, Docent of Public Health
Dr. Ilkka Vohlonen, Health Economics and Management
and visiting scholars from the University of Iceland, OsloMet, Norway
and the University College of Copenhagen, Denmark