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Social Epidemiology [ESP61]

Course highlights

EC points


Start date

19 August 2019

End date

23 August 2019

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)

Course time

From 13:00 till 16:00


Prof. Frank van Lenthe

Course fee

€ 470


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Principles of Research in Medicine and Epidemiology, or equivalent knowledge.


  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health

Course Materials

Online, download instructions will be sent in August by e-mail.
A laptop is required.

Recommended book: Berkman, Kawachi & Glymour (eds.). Social epidemiology (2nd edition). Oxford University Press, 2014.

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Faculty: Prof. Frank van Lenthe, PhD

This course aims to introduce and illustrate modern research methods in social epidemiology, i.e. the study of the social determinants and social outcomes of health. The three main areas to be covered are: the measurement of health inequalities, the explanation of health inequalities, and the evaluation of interventions and policies to reduce health inequalities. Application of the research methods will be illustrated with historical landmark studies as well as recent examples from the international literature.

The programme consists of lectures, hands-on exercises, and group discussions. The focus will be on socioeconomic inequalities in health, but the role of other social factors (such as ethnicity and marital status) will also be discussed.


The student is able to:

  • Understand modern research methods used in social epidemiology;
  • To discuss actual themes in social epidemiology on the basis of recent research findings.

Participant profile

Early career researchers in public health, epidemiology, social sciences or health economy with an interest in the role of social determinants in population health.