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Title: Methods in social epidemiology
Keywords: Socio economic status
Gender & health
Country: Sweden
Institution: Sweden - Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University
Course coordinator: Miguel San Sebastian
Date start: 2022-12-12
Date end: 2023-01-08
About duration and dates: The course comprises 2 weeks’ study time with a break for Christmas. Interactive teaching will be given 2020-12-14 – 2020-12-18 (week 51) in Umeå. Self-studies will be performed 2021-01-04 – 2021-01-08 (week 1).
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
Umeå University
tropEd representative: Marie Lindkvist
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
80 SITs
• Interactive lectures 40 SITs
• Self-study hours including completing the written home assignment, which constitutes part of the assessment on the course 40 SITs
Language: English
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Differentiate various measures of health inequalities and judge their weakness and strengths.
- Understand the theoretical concepts behind the health inequality measurements.
- Calculate the measures of health inequalities presented in the course.
- Interpret the results of the health inequality measurements.
Assessment Procedures:
The course is examined through a methodological home assignment.

The grading scale is Fail, Pass and Pass with distinction.

If a student receives a Fail grade on the written home exam, he or she will be required to revise their exam according to comments provided by the examiner within the time-line determined by the examiner. Students have the right to five rounds of revisions.

The ECTS Grading Table is used at Umeå University. This means that the ECTS grading scale (A-F) is not used to translate grades for comparison to grades issued from other higher education institutions. The student will receive a transcript of records from the study documentation system (Ladok) showing the distribution of awarded grades since the course was established and until the date when the student has completed the course. However, this grade distribution will not be shown for courses established less than two years before the date when a student completes the course. For more information, go to
Socioeconomic inequalities in health are a major challenge for health policy. Monitoring the changes in the magnitude of these inequalities is essential to assess the effectiveness of health policy interventions. There is a wide variety of summary measures for the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in health. These measures choose different perspectives, and it is recommended to assess the magnitude of health inequalities based on a set of diverse measures that together cover all the relevant perspectives. Both simple and sophisticated summary measures are available for each of these perspectives.

The different measurements included in the course are: the relative and slope index of inequality and the concentration index, principal component analysis applied to socioeconomic status, the measurement of intersectionality, how to conduct a decomposition analysis and propensity score matching.

Previous knowledge of Stata is required.
This course is designed as an intensive, hands-on learning experience that will foster the development of theoretical knowledge and basic skills in calculating and interpreting different health inequality measurements.

The lectures are interactive and students are encouraged to prepare for lectures by reading the relevant course literature beforehand. The students may work in groups.

Independent self-study is also an important part of the learning – for preparation of lectures and group work and for integrating the new knowledge following lectures.
For non-programme students applying as single-course students, the requirements are 120 ECTS, of which a minimum of 30 ECTS are within one of the following: health sciences, environmental health or social sciences. To be admitted to the course the applicant must have passed the course 3FH038 Epidemiology or have equivalent qualifications.

English proficiency equivalent to English A/5 from Swedish Upper secondary education. IELTS (Academic) with minimum score 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL (Paper based) with minimum score 530 and minimum TWE 4. TOEFL (Internet based) with minimum score 72 and minimum Written 17.
The maximum number of students is 30. The tropEd students will be studying together with the students on our master programmes in public health who choose this course.

The maximum number of students above is for the total group.
Applicants in the master programmes in public health at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course in addition to those, students (among them tropEd students) applying for the course as a single subject course may be accepted until the maximum number of students (30) is reached. The selection process for these latter students is based on the number of ECTS credits that each applicant has. Students are ranked according to his/hers number of ECTS credits so that the student with the highest number is first selected and so on until the maximum number of students is reached
There are no application and tuition fees for students who are citizens of countries within the European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)) or of Switzerland.

Students who are not citizens of a country covered by the EEA agreement or of Switzerland at the time they apply for studies must pay an application fee of 900 SEK (≈ 90 EUR at an exchange rate of approx.10 SEK per euro) to the university.

Those who are admitted and start studying at the university must pay tuition fees. For this course the present tuition fee is 8657 SEK (≈860 EUR at the above exchange rate). For more information about this, see
There are no scholarships available at this time
tropEd accreditation: Accredited in January 2019, in Lisbon.
This accreditation is valid until January 2024.
The course book is:
Methods in Social Epidemiology, J. Michael Oakes and Jay S. Kaufman (Editor) June 2006, Jossey-Bass.
In addition to this a number of scientific articles is used being distributed to our students via our electronic course site.

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Date Of Record Creation: 2019-02-15 10:19:29 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-02-15 15:26:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-02-15 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2022-12-14 11:51:22 (W3C-DTF)

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L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

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