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Methods to Evaluate Public Health Interventions [ESP82]

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Start date

21 August 2023

End date

25 August 2023

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)

Course time

From 13:00 till 16:00 CEST


Prof. Frank van Lenthe, Prof. Frank de Vocht

Course fee

€ 510


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Students need a good understanding of basic statistical methods, such as linear regression analysis.


  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology

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Faculty: Prof. F.J. van Lenthe, Prof. F. de Vocht

Public health in the next decades faces several challenges, including widening social inequalities, climate change, rapid urbanization, ageing, and perhaps new pandemics. There is an urgent need for knowledge which and how public health interventions can contribute to promote public health in societies.
Single (randomised) interventions are insufficiently capable of solving all of the above-mentioned challenges. Moreover, an explicit focus on the effectiveness of such interventions leaves many policy-relevant questions unanswered.
This course aims to equip students with state-of-the-art knowledge how to evaluate public health interventions that contribute to population health. Specific aims of the course are:

  • To apply a systematic framework for public health interventions to contemporary public health challenges
  • To use observational data for the simulation of public health interventions
  • To evaluate ‘natural experiments’ in the population
  • To broaden the scope of the evaluation of public health interventions using a systems approach.

Lectures will be combined with exercises and group discussions. Examples will come from recent evaluations of large contemporary public health interventions.

Please note: this is a new course, there is no content overlap with (previous) ESP courses ESP11 Methods of Public Health Research and ESP61 Social Epidemiology.

Participant profile

Epidemiologists and public health researchers with a specific interest in population interventions and policies.