Child and adolescent health

Graduate Programme in Public Health

PhD course Child and Adolescent Health

Aim: The aim of the course is to obtain knowledge on

  • Health and morbidity among children and adolescents
  • Social and psychosocial determinants of child and adolescent health
  • Social inequality in child and adolescent health
  • The development from infant to toddler to child to adolescent: Research challenges
  • Theoretical contributions to the study of child and adolescent health
  • Methodological approaches to the study of child and adolescent health
  • Interventions and policies to promote health among children and adolescents

Contents: The primary focus is social epidemiological studies of child and adolescent health.

The course will cover a range of health outcomes among children and adolescents such as mortality, morbidity, disability, mental health and health behaviours, including measurement and validity issues but due to time restrictions not all of them.

The course will introduce participants to different methodological approaches such as study design (cross-sectional, prospective, intervention, qualitative studies) and different data sources (survey data, register data, geo-coded data, macro-level data, personal interviews, self-reports, parent reports, data source triangulation) and analytical approaches (multi-level, trend analysis, tracking analysis, monitoring, analytical epidemiology, GIS methods, mixed methods, international comparisons). Further, the course presents several specific theoretical approaches such as social ecological models, psychological and sociological health behaviour theory, and life course theory. The course will focus on a range of the above mentioned issues but due to time restrictions not all of them.

Course arrangement: A two-week course with three components: 1) five full course days in one week, 2) an interim period in which the participants work on their own assignment, and 3) a final research seminar in which the participants present their work.

Course credit: 5 ECTS

Teaching arrangement: In the first week, there will be lectures, seminars and exercises (full days). The following two weeks participants work individually with analyses on child and adolescent health, if possible their own project, and prepare a synopsis and a 15 minutes congress-like presentation. Each participant presents the report at a seminar approximately three weeks after the course start.

Course leader: Assistant Professor Rikke Krølner, deputy course leader Professor Bjørn Holstein, both from the Child and Adolescent Health research programme at the National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark.

Prerequisite: Basic skills in epidemiology and statistics, skills in reading scientific papers based on qualitative methods and epidemiological methods.

Place: National Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen

Course material: TBA    

Max number of participants: 24 PhD students

Course Fee:
The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Danmark.
For PhD students enrolled in Universities that have joined the "Open market agreement", there is a fee of DKK 518,-.
For other participants there is a course fee of DKK 6562,-

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