Public Health in the 2020’s

Time: 12-23 August 2019

Campus: Kuopio

Daily programme

Duration and credits: two weeks, 5 ECTS
Teaching language: English
Level: Master, Doctoral, Professional Development
Maximum number of attendees: 25
Course coordinators:  
Dr. Sohaib Khan, MBBS, MPH, PhD; (Academic coordination)
Ms. Annika Männikkö, (Practical arrangements)
Course director: Professor Jussi Kauhanen, MD, MPH, PhD
Responsible department:  Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, UEF, Kuopio Campus
Learning outcomes: This two-week intensive summer course gives an overview of modern public and global health with its current and near-future challenges. The graduate-level (master’s and doctoral) course is especially suitable for students in health sciences, and those in related fields (e.g. in natural sciences, social sciences etc.), but it is equally open to all students who are interested in examining contemporary health issues from various, and perhaps novel, perspectives.


The course will offer an overview of health-related challenges our globe is facing in near future, especially in the light of sustainable development goals. Public health is examined from many points of view, from everyday grass root life to environment, from health systems to general sociocultural and global determinants of wellbeing. Fields of public health that are covered in more detail include contemporary population health statistics and trends (in Finland, Europe, globally), modern view of health promotion, aspects of progressive health policy, increasingly important socioeconomic and cultural determinants of health, urgent issues in environmental health, changing world of modern worklife, public health aspects of rapidly ageing populations, and new insights of public health nutrition. The course utilizes a plenty of real-life examples that reflect recent public health progress and future challenges.
Modes of study: Prerequisite reading material and other mainly online material used in the summer school will be announced prior to the course. The curriculum includes expert lectures, seminars, discussions groups, a hands-on computer lab session with real-life epidemiologic data, and a field visit to the top-edge University hospital facility in Kuopio. Students will prepare a course work in groups, and the output will be presented and discussed together during the closing-day seminar. After the course, students will prepare a well-thought essay on a given topic that relates to the visible and unvisible future of public health.
Study materials: Literature and readings (mostly online). The students get to use the UEF information and digital library services as part of their independent studies during the course, as well as in preparing for the final seminar presentation and the essay.
Evaluation criteria: Grade 0 to 5, based on evaluation of the following performance:
Class participation and activeness, seminar presentation, essay

Professor Jussi Kauhanen, Public and Global Health
Professor Tomi-Pekka Tuomainen, Epidemiology
Professor Tiina Laatikainen, Health Promotion

Professor Lauri Kuosmanen, Preventive Nursing Science
Professor Eija Lönnroos, Geriatrics, Ageing
Professor Kimmo Räsänen, Occupational Health
Professor Timo Lanki, Environmental Health
Professor Marjukka Kolehmainen, Nutrition Science

Adjunct Professor Simo Kokko, MD, PhD, Docent of Public Health, Health Systems

Adjunct Professor, Marjorita Sormunen, Nursing Science
Adjunct Professor Arja Erkkilä, Public Health Nutrition
Adjunct Professor Jyrki Virtanen, Nutritional Epidemiology, Data Analysis

Adjunct Professor Juhani Miettola, International Health, Crises Management
Assistant Professor Sohaib Khan, International Health, Humanitarian Crises, Culture and Health
Assistant Professor, Javkhlanbayar Dorjdagva, Public Health Policy and Health Economics
Jani Ruotsalainen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Evidence-based Public Health
The host at the University Hospital visit will be announced later