Populations and health

ldemo2610  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Populations and health
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Bocquier Philippe; Masquelier Bruno; Masquelier Bruno (compensates Bocquier Philippe);
Main themes
  • The mortality history of populations : compared perspectives of epidemiological transitions ;
  • Information systems and strategies of observation and research in the field of health (prospective and experimental studies, case-control studies) ;
  • Concepts - health, reproductive health, morbidity, nutritional status, disability, dependence, mortality - and their indicators ;
  • Demo-epidemiologic measures: incidence, prevalence, relative risks… ;
  • Today's main problems in public health: North/South comparison.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1. know the sources of information ;
2. know methods to analyze health and mortality in populations over time and space.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
LDEMO2610 provides an introduction to the study of population health. After a first part devoted to the main indicators, data sources and observation methods, the course presents in a second part two theoretical frameworks: the epidemiological transition and the social determinants of health. The third part of the course examines the health of populations at different stages of life: management of pregnancies and maternal mortality; stillbirths and child mortality; the health of adolescents and young adults; cardiovascular diseases and cancers; health at older ages and degenerative diseases. Three sessions are then devoted to nutrition, environmental health and infectious diseases (malaria and tuberculosis).
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course alternates methodological and thematic presentations on major public health issues. 
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

In-session written exam (mix of MCQs and open questions) (10/20). Group work (3 max): writing a small literature review (8-10 pages) on a health problem of your choice.
Online resources
Course slides and articles available on the course page on MoodleUCL.
R. Bonita, R. Beaglehole, and T. Kjellstrom. Eléments d'épidémiologie. Organisation mondiale de la santé, 2010.
T.K. Young. Population Health: Concepts and Methods. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Family and Sexuality Studies

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies