Public Health at Odense
Health and well-being for all
The increase in life expectancy of Danes is relatively low compared to other European countries. Certain groups in our otherwise equality-oriented society have a relatively short and less healthy life. A very large number of both adults and young Danes are struggling with overweight and, in actual fact, with obesity. Approximately every fifth adult Dane smokes and among older school children almost the same proportion often, or occasionally, light a cigarette. Danish youth are also among those in Europe who drink the most alcohol. Which factors explain such trends and what can we do to curb them? How can we work towards attaining as much health and well-being as possible? – and for everyone?
What will the future bring?
How will the development regarding life expectancy, health and well-being of Danes be? What kind of economic and health policy implications will result from lifestyle diseases for Danish, Nordic and European citizens? What characterizes the Danish citizen of the future with regards to smoking, alcohol, diet and exercise? Will we be able to to reverse the negative developments which are being observed? Will we, on the contrary, also be able to maintain and continue the positive trends which we are fortunately experiencing? Which prevention campaigns will be relevant to apply? And why do some efforts produce a positive effect, while others only have a limited impact?
Public health provides the answers
These questions and many more are posed at the Bachelor of Science in Public Health programme. A dynamic, complex and analytical branch of Health Sciences, where statistics and epidemiology is linked to politics and economics, behavioural science to physiology, anatomy and disease causes, where insight and experience in preventative interventions is achieved both through theory and practice, and where historical considerations and theoretical scientific perspectives are consistent throughout.
It is a programme that combines the best in the world: Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Human Sciences – from both a Danish, Nordic and international perspective.
If you study Public Health Science you will meet lecturers from the Department of Public Health (Odense and Esbjerg) and from the National Institute of Public Health (Copenhagen), who are active researchers in public health and health promotion at the local, national and international level.