E0360 Social epidemiology

Faculty of Science
Spring 2021
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. Hynek Pikhart, Ph.D., M.Sc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D.
RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: RNDr. Tomáš Pavlík, Ph.D.
Supplier department: RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Mon 1. 3. to Fri 14. 5. Fri 11:00–12:50 D29/252-RCX1
E0350 Epidemiology
This subject provides an introduction to social epidemiology and population health, and does not require previous attandance of other subjects. However, knowledge of epidemiology (as covered in the course E0350 Epidemiology) gives students a great advantage and facilitates understanding of the lectures.
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
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- define main measures of health of populations and the main social determinants of health
- explain the main indicator of socioeconomic position
- define the main psychosocial factors influencing health
- understand the mechansims, and chains of causes, linking social factors with health
- assess the importance of social inequalities for population health
- explain global inequalities in health and their main causes
- understand the significance of social determinants of health for health and social policy
  • 1. Introduction to social epidemiology and population health
  • 2. Socioeconomic position and health
  • 3. Psychosocial environment at work and health
  • 4. Population health metrics, relative vs. absolute differences in health
  • 5. Individual vs. group exposures
  • 6. Determinants of child and adolescent health
  • 7. Life-course determinants of health
  • 8. Long-term and secular trends in population health
  • 9. Pathways linking social environment with health
  • 10. Societal transition in central and eastern Europe and health
    recommended literature
  • Bartley M. Health Inequality: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods” 2nd Ed. 2017. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • 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
    not specified
  • 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 theorie, 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 lectures is not compulsory but it is strongly recommended for understanding of the topic covered by the course. During interactive teaching, students are asked questions on the material covered in the session. Final assessment at the end of the term is conducted as written exam - short written answers or explanations to several question. Each question has a given value in points, the total sum of all points is 100. A minimum of 50 points is required to pass the exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
Detailed information on specific sessions will be provided in Microsoft Teams in team "PřF E0360 Sociální epidemiologie (jaro 2021)".
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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