Life-course perspectives on ageing and health (7.5 ECTS)

The course "Life-course perspectives on ageing and health" (PH017F1) is aimed at PhD students, with the purpose of providing the doctoral student with an overview of the development and distribution of health in the older population.

Course dates

Spring 2024, period D (May, 2nd - June, 2nd)

PH017F1 Education plan

PH017F1 Kursplan (på svenska, juridiskt dokument)

Course content

The course provides knowledge about theories and empirical evidence that describes ageing from a public health perspective. The aim is to provide the student with an overview of the development and distribution of health in the older population. After the course, the student should have basic knowledge of the association between social conditions during the life course, and health and function in old age. Furthermore, the student should have an understanding of the demography of the ageing population, as well as of how health and care vary across different groups of older adults.

Course manager

Jonas Wastesson, Aging Research Center at Karolinska Institutet


The schedule will be announced at least one month before the course starts.

Course literature

Please note that the course literature can be changed up until to two months before the start of the course.

PH017F1_course_literature_valid from 2024 (93 Kb)

More information

This course is offered in collaboration with the Master’s programme in public health sciences: Societal and individual perspectives. The teaching occasions are to be attended jointly with the master students.

All registered students will get access to the course page in Athena.


If you are interested in taking the course, please send an email to study administrator



Further questions?

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Study administrator

Director of Studies, Doctoral level
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