Populations and health

ldemo2610  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Populations and health
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Masquelier Bruno;
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.
Learning outcomes

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 course 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 details in a second part the theoretical framework of the epidemiological transition and presents some exceptions to this theoretical scheme. The third part of the course examines the main health issues from a life course perspective, from conception to old age: (1) stillbirths and mortality of children under 15, (2) maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and injuries, (3) non-communicable diseases, (4) infectious diseases (malaria and tuberculosis). Two sessions are devoted to nutrition and environmental health.
Teaching methods
The course alternates methodological and thematic presentations on major public health issues. 
Evaluation methods
In-session written exam (mix of MCQs and open questions) (10/20). Group work (3 max): writing a brief 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
Learning outcomes
Advanced Master in Development, Environment and Societies

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

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

Master [120] in Family and Sexuality Studies

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management