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 disease tormented life. Many adults and young Danes are struggling with overweight and 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. Furthermore, the proportion of young Danish with poor mental health, especially among women, has increased lately. 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 in 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 future Danish citizen with regards to smoking, alcohol, diet and exercise? Will we succeed in reversing the negative developments, which are currently observed? Will we, on the contrary, be able to maintain and continue the positive trends, which we are fortunately also experiencing? Which prevention campaigns will be relevant to apply? And why do some efforts generate a positive effect, while others only have a limited impact?
Public health provides the answers
These questions and many more are posed and tried to be answered at the Bachelor of Science in Public Health programme. A dynamic, complex and analytical branch of Health Sciences, where statistics and epidemiology are linked to politics and economics, behavioural science to physiology, anatomy and causes of disease, where insight and experience in preventive interventions are 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 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.