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Early life conditions, health development, and child public health

This course will cover aspects of infant, child, and adolescent health from a public health perspective and in a national, European, and global context. Processes of transition into adulthood, with focus on reproduction are covered.

Other aspects will include concepts and methods in child public health and health promotion, social pediatrics, as well as vulnerable children and their needs. Current issues in child public health are reviewed and discussed, as are children’s rights and social determinants of child health and development. After the course, the student will be familiar with epidemiological methods and life-course theories and able to relate these to research and policies that support early child health and development and mitigate social inequalities in health.

  • Course structure

    Find the course details in the course description:

    Course Description PH11A0 Spring Term 2022 (232 Kb)

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

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be beased on lectures and seminars. Participation in the seminars is mandatory. In case of absence, the students will be given compensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    Course manager

    Ilona Koupil


    The course is examined through an individually written take-home exam, a group assignment, and active participation in the seminars.

    For more information on assessment, the grading system and grading criteria, please see the course description (above under Course structure).


    Ilona Koupil

  • 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.

    A detailed schedule for this course will be presented to all registered students in Athena, and in the course description (available above under 'Course structure').

  • Course literature

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

  • Course reports

  • Contact


    Contact information for Master's students

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