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An introduction to public health sciences

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to public health sciences.

The course will offer a review of the history of the discipline and introduce its main areas of action with a focus on health research. The course will introduce key theoretical frameworks, empirical examples, as well as some controversial issues related to the discipline. Overall, this course features the social science profile of the discipline at the Department of Public Health Sciences.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars.

    Participation in seminars is mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    For detailed course information, please see the course description:

    Course Description PH01A1 Autumn 2022 (291 Kb)

    More information will also be distributed to all registered students through Athena.

    Course managers

    Sol Juarez and Helena Honkaniemi


    The course is examined through a group assignment and an individually written take-home exam.

    The examination will be in English.

    For more information on examination, please see the course description.


    Sol Juarez

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    The course schedule will also be available for registered students in Athena.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels