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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsData-Driven Prevention Policy in Public Health

Data-Driven Prevention Policy in Public Health

Dates & location 19 - 30 August 2019, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level Graduate
Fee € 255 (excluding housing)
€ 595 (including housing)
Academic coordinators Prof. dr. Erik Buskens -
Roel Freriks, MSc. -

Ready for the public health challenges of the future? Do you want to learn the value of observational data for public health policy during hands on research sessions? Interested to learn this from public health experts from three different countries? Then do not hesitate and apply for this unique interdisciplinary two-week summer school in public health in which we cross the national borders!

Health systems around the world are each finding their own way to deal with the public health challenges of the future; think of ageing, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, sedentary life style and health illiteracy. Moreover, implementing prevention and treatment programmes targeted at these public health threats – while taking into account the sustainability and affordability of the healthcare systems – is probably the biggest public health challenge for society! Remarkably, the systems for prevention, health and chronic care that have been implemented show wide variation in actual services provided as well as cost incurred. These differences might partly explain the differences in burden of disease observed as well as variation in longevity. What is driving the health inequalities across the different demographic levels? How can we evaluate policies targeted at reducing these inequalities?

In this summer school researchers in public health from all over the world will become familiar with the steps of the Data-Driven Prevention Cycle (D2PC). We start in the field to discuss the case studies of the partners involved and from there we go through all steps of policy evaluation using observational data. Novel techniques in applied econometrics will be used to not only deliver descriptive results, but to strive to empirical models through which health inference may be attained. As such, we can formulate the important policy indicators for reducing inequalities across the different demographic levels in society.

In addition to defining the policy aim of the case study, selecting the crucial policy indicators and estimating the corresponding parameters in the observational data, we offer the unique possibility for participants to also understand and tackle the last step of the D2PC; bringing the results back to the field! Experts in economic evaluation will guide the participants in this translation phase to the partners.

The summer school is taught by experts from the Aletta Jacobs School in Public Health based in Groningen and the department of Public Health & Center for Healthy Aging of the University of Copenhagen, and combines lectures with active learning modules that bring the learned theory into practice. To this end, we encourage students to present their own work during peer-to-peer review sessions and we provide hands-on research sessions. To understand the differences between three Northern European health systems a day excursion to the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany is included.


The summer school will be held under the flag of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, which is a joint initiative of the University Medical Center Groningen and all faculties of the University of Groningen.

University of Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky
University of Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky
University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen
This summer school is sponsored by:
Eit Health
Eit Health
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