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Complex Public Health Interventions: Introduction to Theories and Methods
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3693-21-00-00There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 01/08/2021
PlaceCSS - Center for Sundhed og Samfund
Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K
Date and time13.09.2021, at: 08:00 - 08.10.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats16
Course fee7,920.00 kr.
LecturersSarah Villadsen
Signe Smith Jervelund
ECTS credits4.10
Contact personAnnegrethe Hansen    E-mail address: ahan@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Be able to explain the characteristics of a complex public health intervention

2. Be able to explain the different phases of complex interventions

3. Differentiate the purpose and methods of different types of evaluation, including process and effect evaluations as well as realistic evaluation

4. Be able to facilitate participation with target groups and stakeholders

5. Be able to choose and apply relevant methods and theories to analyse their own projects

6. Be able to critically assess complex public health interventions

Research in complex public health interventions develops and evaluates policies, programmes and other interventions that seek to have an impact on population health and/or health equity by modifying the underlying determinants of health or by directly influencing health behaviours. Complex interventions generate changes through social practices of the people, who are to receive or deliver the intervention. Thus, the interplay between the intervention, the context around it and the actors is cornerstone to acknowledge and understand when doing research in this field.

The PhD course will be an interactive introduction to the theories and methods in complex interventions research where the PhD students will learn about all phases in the intervention cycle. The course is built around the most important phases in intervention research, covering needs assessment, intervention development, implementation and evaluation. The PhD students will work with their own projects within the specific element(s)/phase(s) which their PhD project is based on and will gain competencies to analyse and critically assess their element(s) within the larger scope of complex public health interventions. The course will introduce the students to mixed methods research including when and how to use the respective methods. Furthermore, for complex interventions to succeed, participation of target groups and stakeholders is needed, and methods for involvement and co-creation will be discussed. The PhD students’ projects will be used as empirical examples throughout the course and thus the students will reflect upon and receive feedback to their own projects.

The target groups are PhD students with research projects within the area of complex interventions or with related research interests from public health science, social science and other related fields.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

Public Health and Epidemiology

Medicine, Culture and Society

The entire course will be in English if non-Danish-speaking participants are enrolled

Lectures, discussion, homework/reflection assignment, feedback sessions, plenum exercises and debate panel

Course director
Sarah Fredsted Villadsen, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, sfv@sund.ku.dk
Signe Smith Jervelund, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, ssj@sund.ku.dk

Peter Dahler-Larsen, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, pdl@ifs.ku.dk
Signe Smith Jervelund, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, ssj@sund.ku.dk
Helle Johnsen, Associate Professor, University College Copenhagen, hejo@kp.dk
Anders Blædel Gottlieb Hansen, postdoc, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention, Frederiksberg Hospital, The Capitial Region of Copenhagen, anders.blaedel.gottlieb.hansen@regionh.dk
Nanna Måløe, postdoc, Section of Global Health, IFSV, University of Copenhagen and Hvidovre Hospital, nannam@sund.ku.dk
Jørgen Holm Petersen, Associate Professor, Section of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, jhp@sund.ku.dk
Morten Hulvej Rod, Head of Health Promotion Research, Steno Diabetes Center, Copenhagen, Morten.hulvej.rod@regionh.dk
Morten Skovdal, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, m.skovdal@sund.ku.dk
Ulla Toft, Clinical Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen and Head of Section, Section of Health Promotion and Prevention, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, The Capital Region of Copenhagen, ulla.toft@regionh.dk
Sarah Fredsted Villadsen, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, sfv@sund.ku.dk

13 September 2021: Introductoty lecture on zoom

22 September 2021: Deadline for hand in of reflection assigment

29 Septmeber 2021: Deadline for particpant's and lecturers' feedback on reflection assignments

4 - 8 October 2021: Course at CSS

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Please register before 1 August 2021

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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