International Programmes 2020/2021

Bayreuth International Summer School – Public Health Public Health

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
  • July 2021
Target group

International undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students


Public Health Surveillance and Applications

The course should prepare students by increasing their knowledge in:

  • The relationship between public health policy and public health surveillance
  • Characteristics and function of public health surveillance – infectious diseases, injury, chronic diseases, risk factors and behaviours, environmental
  • Epidemiological methods used in public health surveillance
  • Applications of public health surveillance – monitoring of health events, policymaking, detection of outbreaks/epidemics, preventive and control actions

The course should increase the students' skills in:

  • Public health surveillance data collection and quality
  • The analysis of trends and patterns in the occurrence of health events
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Cluster investigation
  • Public health programme development
  • Evaluation of public health programmes
  • Evaluation of public health surveillance systems

Public Health - Physical Activity and Nutrition

Part 1: Methods for prioritising interventions to improve population health using diet and physical activity case studies

After the course you will be able to:

  • Define and explain basic economic concepts, especially efficiency, opportunity costs, utility and marginal costs, and benefits
  • Understand the role of government in healthcare from an economic perspective
  • Analyse the differences between different approaches to financing health care (market-based and government-financed systems)
  • Understand the essential characteristics of economic evaluation and how it differs from other forms of health care evaluations
  • Explain the basic steps in conducting an economic evaluation of a health care intervention
  • Understand the need for priority setting in health
  • Evaluate the role, strengths, and weaknesses of economic approaches to priority setting
  • Apply priority setting principles to analyse selected case studies related to obesity prevention

Part 2: Scaling up and implementing physical activity and nutrition interventions

This course will increase the students' knowledge of:

  • Physical activity epidemiology, including health implications, current prevalence, determinants, measurement, and intervention evidence
  • The actors and systems responsible for physical activity promotion
  • Terminology, conceptual models, and study designs for implementing and scaling up interventions
  • Scale-up and implementation strategies, including ways to identify and address contextual barriers and facilitators

For more detailed information on the course content and lecturers, please visit our website.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • July 2021
Price only on request
Further information on dates and prices

The participation fee includes tuition fees, an excursion to Berlin, and meals (daily lunch + welcome dinner & farewell dinner). Please check our website for further information.

Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1
Language requirements

A very good command of the English language (preferably level B2) is a requirement for your participation in the course. Please provide proof of your language level by submitting a language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) with your application.

Submit application to

Please submit your contact information and supporting documents (CV, brief personal statement, and proof of language proficiency) via our website:

Please contact us via e-mail if you have any questions regarding the application procedure.

Is accommodation organised?
The organiser helps participants look for accommodation.

A daily lunch as well as a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner are included in the registration fee.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

We offer a weekend excursion to Berlin as well as city tours / guided visits and sports activities in Bayreuth.

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

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