E0360 Social epidemiology

Faculty of Science
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
MUDr. Martin Bobák, M.Sc., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Andrea Dalecká, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Albert Kšiňan, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Gabriela Kšiňanová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Hynek Pikhart, Ph.D., M.Sc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Anna Bartošková (seminar tutor)
Consuelo Quispe Haro (seminar tutor)
Orjola Shahaj (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
MUDr. Martin Bobák, M.Sc., Ph.D.
RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: RNDr. Tomáš Pavlík, Ph.D.
Supplier department: RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Fri 11:00–12:50 D29/252-RCX1
E0350 Epidemiology
This subject provides an introduction to social epidemiology, and does not require previous attandance of other subjects. However, knowledge of epidemiology (e.g., as covered in the course E0350 Epidemiology) gives students a great advantage and facilitates understanding of the lecutures.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this course is to introduce students to social determinants of health and to provide overview of the effects of social environment and socioeconomic factors on human health.
Learning outcomes
After this course, students will be able to:
- define social determinants of health
- name the main indicators of socioeconomic position
- describe the main psychosocial factors
- understand the pathways linking social factors with health, including the long chain of causation linking social determinants with health
- appreciate the importance of social inequalities in health
- explain the global inequalities in health and their main determinants
- appreciate policy implications of social determinants of health for health and social policy
  • Úvod do sociální epidemiologie a populačního zdraví Socioeconomická pozice a zdraví Míry a měření populačního zdraví Psychosociální a psychologické faktory Individuální vs. skupinové expozice Relativní vs. absolutní rozdíly ve zdravotním stavu Determinanty zdraví v dětství a adolescenci Determinanty zdraví v průběhu života (life-course) Psychosociální faktory v pracovním prostředí a zdraví Dlouhodobé změny a sekulární trendy ve zdravotním stavu Mechanismy působení sociálních vlivů na zdraví Sociální intervence Zopakování témat
  • Social determinants of health. The solid facts. 2nd ed. R. Wilkinson & M. Marmot (eds.) WHO, Who Regional Office for Europe. 2003. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/98438/e81384.pdf
  • Bartley M. Health Inequality: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods” 2nd Ed. 2017. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Final Report of the CSDH. Geneva, WHO 2008. http://www.who.int/social_determinants/thecommission/final
  • BARTLEY, Mel. Health inequality : an introduction to theories, concepts and methods. 1st pub. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004. viii, 208. ISBN 0745627803. info
Teaching methods
Education is performed as lectures and interactive seminars, with emphasis on understanding of main concepts, mechanisms and contexts. Students are frequently asked questions to think about the topic and given model problems to work with.
Assessment methods
Attendance of the lectures is not mandatory but strongly recommended for complete understanding of the educated subjects. During the lectures, students are asked about subjects of past lectures. Final assessment (at the end of semester) is by written examination. It is a short written answer to 5 questions, which require description, explanation or a proposal for solution of the problem. Each questions have value of 20 points, and the total count is 100. At least 50 points are needed to pass the exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2022, recent)
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