Basic training

CERH is responsible for teaching in the field of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu. Professor of Public Health, Jouni J. K. Jaakkola, is responsible of the doctoral studies and teaching in general, but each course has their on contact person, who is responsible for the course in question. Please contact them with any questions or comments you may have.


040116Y Public health and interprofessional collaboration

ECTS Credits 5.0 

Language: Finnish 

Timing: C1; 1. year autumn term 

Learning outcomes: The student is able to identify the essential challenges of global and national public health and to understand the structure and function of Finnish health welfare systems. The student is aware of the importance of assessment and surveillance of health status and promotion among population, and as an expert in health care sector he/she is able to put it into practice.

Public health science



  • Prevalence and incidence of major national diseases in different phase of life
  • Lifestyle, behavior and health
  • Environment and health
  • Socio-economic factors and health
  • Finnish health care system
  • Assessment and surveillance of health status among population
  • Health promotion
  • Global public health

Tutorial sessions:

  1. Scientific communication
  2. Information retrieval and database
  3. Evidence based information
  4. Methods in public health science
  5. Critical evaluation of research

Seminar day (student congress)

Population profile

Learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, population profile, participation to small group working and student congress. As a part of small group working students will prepare the written seminar work and oral presentation for the congress. In Public health science, the examination which is independently performed in the Optima environment.

Person responsible: Tiina Ikäheimo, docent, lecturer


040105Y Basic Epidemiology

ECTS Credits 1.5  

Language: English

Timing:  C4; 2. year spring term.

Learning outcomes: Students are expected to learn the basic concepts of epidemiology and basics of epidemiologic methods used in medicine and in general in health sciences.

Contents: The course includes a lecture on the following topics: 1) introduction to basic concepts and causality, 2) principles of study design, 3) precision and validity, 4) exposure assessment, 5) assessment of health effects and measures of disease occurrence, association and effect, 6) principles of cohort studies, 7) data analysis in cohort studies, 8) principles of case-control studies, 9) data analysis in case-controls studies and 10) cross-sectional studies. In addition, the course includes two exercise sessions conducted in small groups on: 1) epidemiologic methods based on critical reviews of articles and 2) calculation. Students will also review individually and critically a scientific article.

Learning activities and teaching methods: 10 one-hour lectures, two 3-hour exercise sessions and critical review of articles.

Person responsible: Taina Lajunen, postdoctoral researcher


040119Y Environmental health care

ECTS Credits 1.5 

Language:  Finnish. Can be offered in English if several English speaking students registered.

Timing:  C4; 2. year spring term.

Learning outcomes:  Students are expected to learn most important health effects of environmental exposures and to understand the role of physicians and other professionals in municipal environmental health.

Contents: Thematic day in environmental health includes lectures on the following topics: 1) Environment and health, 2) Ambient air 3) Indoor environment, 3) Chemical actors in drinking water, 5) Microbial factors in food and drinking water, 6) Municipal environmental health and 7) Physicians in environmental health care.

Learning activities and teaching methods: Participation in the thematic days, small group working and a written exam.

Person responsible: Timo Hugg, lecturer, postdoctoral researcher


080417A General Practitioner and Public Health

ECTS Credits 9.5 

Language: Finnish

Timing: C11; 6. year autumn term

The course is organized in co-operation with the General Practice.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course the student will understand the principles of health at population level and is able to utilize the information in his/her work. The student is able to correctly/critically assess and interpret findings of public health research. The student is able to utilize the knowledge of health economics in practice. The student will know the principles and organization of insurance and rehabilitation medicine, and is able to apply their knowledge into clinical practice. The student will receive an overview of the challenges of global health / global public health and legislation related to health care.

The student will understand the etiological factors of disease both at an individual and population level and is competent at diagnosis and management of the common diseases, and to act as an expert of preventative medicine in primary care. The student will learn the ability to adopt and apply methods of health promotion and disease prevention at an individual-, family-, and population level, therein also considering the expertise role of the multidisciplinary team.

Student will have an appreciation of the doctor-patient relationship and the role of communication between family members as applicable to patient management, and is able to use and apply communication skills in different clinical scenarios. The student is able to evaluate the quality and economics of all his/her work.


Lectures and theme days:

  • Epidemiology of diseases
  • Fundamentals of health economics
  • Surveillance of health care practitioners
  • Insurance medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Military healthcare
  • Legislation associated with health care


  • Topics including major lifestyle/risk factors, diseases and preventive measures related to public health theme


  • Ability to function assessment
  • Need for certificate
  • Child welfare clinic

Health centre period

Learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, theme days, seminars and small group teaching. One-week practical training module at a primary health care centre, which includes a set of learning tasks. Exam.

Person responsible: Public Health - Aino-Kaisa Rantala, postdoctoral researcher

Last updated: 28.6.2016