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Social Epidemiology, 7,5 credits, 7,5 points
COURSE CATEGORY   Single subject course
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Public Health Sciences - FH1
SUBJECT AREA   Public Health Sciences - FHA

The course is an independent course within public health sciences and can be included in a degree of master of sciences.


After completion of the course, the student is expected to know:

Knowledge and understanding
• understand and explain central epidemiological terms and be able to explain and compare different epidemiological measures.
• evaluate strengths and weaknesses in different epidemiological designs and methods in social epidemiology.
• identify possible random and systematic errors and evaluate its impact on results and the interpretation of the study

Competence and skills
• plan and evaluate choices when designing studies in social epidemiology
• analyze and interpret reports within social epidemiology, to judge reliability, validity and conclusions
Judgement and approach
• evaluate strengths and weaknesses with different definitions and stratifications to describe social status, and evaluate its usefulness in social epidemiological studies
• relate to ethical considerations in social epidemiology
The course is based on common epidemiological methods. In particular, issues concerning social epidemiology, from design and implementation to generalizability in different contexts.
Student centered and problem based learning form the foundation for the teaching at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). The student takes responsibility for, studies and researches current content of the courses and study programme. The working methods challenge the students to independently formulate questions for learning, to seek knowledge and in dialogue with others judge and evaluate achieved knowledge. Students work together in groups based on reality based situations to develop their own learning, contribute to the fellow students’ learning and to practice cooperation. The teacher’s role is to support the students in this way of learning.

The teaching methods in this course consist of lectures and seminars
The form of examination used in the course is an individual written exam. Compulsory parts with required attendance are study tasks and seminars, which are required for the examination.

Extent of retake examination
Point of time for retake examination must be specified in the beginning of each semester. The extent of the retake examination must be the same as the regular examination. This also includes the assessment of the clinical placement.

Remaining forms of examination, such as written exams, can be taken an unlimited number of times, by students who have not obtained a passing grade.

Exchange of examiner
A student who has obtained a failing grade twice for a course or a part of a course is, after request, entitled to be appointed another examiner, unless there are special reasons to the contrary.

Apply for examination/written exam
State how to apply for the examination before each course.
At least three years of full-time undergraduate studies, i.e. at least 180 credits, in a major subject area with relevance for the respective core disciplines such as Behavioural Science, Biomedical Laboratory Science, Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicin, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Public Health Science, Social Sciences, Speech Therapy, including an independent exam element which has at least 15 credits, or the corresponding equivalent. Applicants with a degree from a non-Swedish university must enclose an official examination certificate of at least three years of full-time studies in relevant subjects. The lowest acceptable grade from undergraduate studies is Pass.
Applicants must also have documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska 6/B, i.e. an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores are Paper based 757 together with TEW-score 4.5, and internet-based Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90), IELTS, academic (minimum score Overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5), or equivalent.
The course is graded on the following scale: Pass; Fail.
Course certificates are appointed by the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences, after request by the student.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of the course is to be based on the wordings in the course syllabus. A course evaluation is mandatory for each course and should include the question whether the course is in agreement with the course syllabus. The course coordinating teacher will analyse the course evaluation and propose appropriate development of the course. The analysis and proposal feedback will be given to the students, the Programme Coordinator/Director of Studies and as needed to the Board for First and Second Cycle Programmes, if it is related to general development and improvement.

The course is carried out in such a way that disabilities, ethnicity, gender and age are given prominence as relevant variables for analysis and discussion.
If the course is cancelled or undergoes major changes, examination is normally offered under this course syllabus, at a total of three occasions within a year, of which one in close proximity to the first examination.
Social Epidemiology, 7,5 credits
Department responsible
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Registrar No:   Course Code: 8FA195      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Public Health Sciences - FH1          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
      FH1   Vård