What causes human disease? Why do some people get a disease but others don’t? Through this course, you’ll learn how epidemiologists are helping to find answers to these complex questions and how the health of a population is measured and analysed. By looking at stimulating case studies, you’ll explore how the social determinants of health contribute to human disease and how health inequalities exist. You will then look at health inequalities across the globe and investigate how and why different socioeconomic factors determine human health.
Principles of population health
- Understanding human populations
- Measuring health
- Analysing the risk factors
Social determinants of health
- Social determinants of health
- Life course approach
The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of human disease. No previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in nursing, healthcare or social care, or just wish to learn more, this course is designed to support you as a professional.
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
- Explain how evidence is gathered through epidemiology to measure the health of the population and understand causes of human disease.
- Discuss the social and environmental factors that contribute to causes of disease and poor health.
- Summarise key features and differences of global patterns of disease with a focus on health inequalities.