1st Semester Courses

Course description: This course examines the major domains of the public health especially familiarizing students with “what is public health?” and “how to potentially apply public health in dealing with health issues within the community” by using a problem-based learning approach. The course content will cover the basic definition of public health, analytical methods used in public health, genetic, socio-economical and behavioral factors related to health interactions and environmental as well as occupational health issues. Some introductory classes will include ecological models used in public health, the role of health ethics especially in research and the composition of the health systems.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on quizzes, intermediate project presentations and a final project presentation.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course aims to teach the fundamentals of effective scientific writing. The course will focus on two parts: Part (1) teaches students how to write effectively, concisely, and clearly based on critical thinking and part (2) takes them through the revision of a scientific manuscript. Main categories of activities include actual individual writing tasks, as well as undertaking review on documents. Furthermore, seminars are developed in order to actively engage students in the educational process by including scientific writing exercises.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on specific writing assignments, pop-quizzes, review of a scientific manuscript, and class attendance.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course provides an introduction to research methods and designs relevant to public health specialists. The course will focus on an introduction to various research designs including experimental and non-experimental, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition, the course will focus on providing a practical understanding of several statistical tools used in health research. The emphasis will be on knowing when to use the various tests, what they measure, and how to interpret results.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on an individual written exam and a group project.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course aims to provide students an overview of the institutions, actors, and structures of healthcare systems, in general, and the Romanian health care system, in particular. The major topics to be covered include health care institutions, health care providers, health insurance models, public health programs and changes in the healthcare system.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop-quizzes, case-study presentations, individual assignments and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course aims to provide students with knowledge about concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention while teaching them about valid health information and health-promoting products and services. Also, the course desire to cover the processes of health-enhancing behaviors and health risks while explaining how culture, media, technology, and other factors on health and health literacy influence the health status of a person.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on individual assignments and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The course aims to introduce the 1st year students to the Public Health specialized academic English, as well to improve their general English language skills. The use of English as a language of instruction, also to be employed in class debates and for evaluation, together with a corpus of materials to read and discuss in English will offer the students the opportunity to develop the knowledge of specialized English as well as enable them to access recent materials on their area of expertise. The students will be provided with a specialized terminology and enabled to use this in interactive class applications. The students will thus become familiarized – in a progressive manner, with the specific Public Health academic terminology, concepts and topics.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 3 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

2nd Semester Courses

Course description: The general purpose of the course is to prepare the students to be able to apply statistical methods and procedures to public health and social sciences, within both the academic world and the non-academic institutions and organizations. In public health or in social sciences in general, there are required minimal skills to present and describe the most important characteristics of some (specific) data. In this context, statistics is the first course which provides the students the tools to describe a population with respect to certain characteristics, and to make inferences from samples to population. Therefore, it is a course of vital importance for the professional development of any undergraduate student in public health.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on quizzes, individual homework, class participation, and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course on qualitative research methods will be taught interactively and will involve learning about a range of research methods and implementing them through planning and carrying out a research project in small groups. This will involve both reading, planning and learning by doing. The teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, self-study, and report writing.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on presentations, short written exams and a report.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The module aims to offer students a good understanding of the principles and concepts of social marketing and health promotion, used in developing and implementing health campaigns. Social marketing uses commercial marketing techniques to influence individuals’ behavior, with the ultimate purpose of generating positive social change. The module covers basic social marketing principles, embedded in the broader health promotion paradigm.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on quizzes, one case-study presentation, and the implementation of an online campaign.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: „Health Psychology” is a part of the larger set of applicative mandatory courses for your Major. It analyzes the impact of different types of definitions of health, dimensions of health and illness, historical roots of health psychology as well as its relationship with other fields. It further discusses the role of cognitive and emotional factors in health and illness and the mechanisms by which these factors affect individual’s health and well-being. Starting from the individual’s cognitive factors, we will discuss social-cognitive models prominent in health promotion and the way these models can be developed and applied in designing prevention and intervention campaigns. Finally, we will debate over the relationship between stress and illness as well as over the relative effectiveness of different strategies to cope with stress. We aim to equip you with core theoretical concepts of Health Psychology on one hand but to also encourage you to translate these theoretical concepts in practical interventions, on the other. Within courses and seminars, we will highlight the importance of critically assessing concepts and theories (via debates and critical essays), to elaborate research and interventions plans (by poster presentations in sessions similar to conference presentations) and to apply empirically sound health promotion models in actual interventions.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop-quizzes, a scientific poster presentation, and one individual written exam.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course introduces the students to ways of thinking about health and illness from a sociological point of view. The first section of the course looks at sociology as a discipline in terms of epistemology, theory and methodology. The last two sections look into the ways in which the main themes of reflection in sociology are relevant to thinking about public health issues and give the sociological perspective on some of the main concerns of public health research. The course content will cover topics such as class, gender, age, race and their impact on health and illness. We will also look in-depth into analyses of particular public health issues, such as medicalization, risk taking, or managing mental health.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop-quizzes, a group project, a critical appraisal, and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 4 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The course aims to introduce the 1st year students to the Public Health specialized academic English, as well to improve their general English language skills. The use of English as a language of instruction, also to be employed in class debates and for evaluation, together with a corpus of materials to read and discuss in English will offer the students the opportunity to develop the knowledge of specialized English as well as enable them to access recent materials on their area of expertise. The students will be provided with a specialized terminology and enabled to use this in interactive class applications. The students will thus become familiarized – in a progressive manner, with the specific Public Health academic terminology, concepts and topics.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 3 ECTS credits.

3rd Semester Courses

Course description: This course on program design, implementation and evaluation will be taught interactively and will involve learning about key concepts and tools and implementing them through group exercises. During one full semester students will have the opportunity to work with evaluation related data, conduct formative evaluation, including stakeholders’ analysis and develop an implementation and evaluation plan based on the evidence provided and analyzed during class. The work will mostly involve a combination of reading, small group discussions and applying knowledge gained through group planning exercises. The teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, self-study, report writing and critical analysis.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on a group pre-post evaluation report, a formative evaluation report including stakeholders’ analysis and field work, and an evaluation plan.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The general purpose of the course is to prepare the students to apply the instruments of economics/public economics to public health and social sciences, within both the academic world and the non-academic institutions and organizations. In the public health or social sciences, it is required a minimal understanding of the role and the ways authority/government can intervene, there are required skills to analyze situations in terms of efficiency of the outcomes, equity, efficiency-equity tradeoff, etc. It is a course of vital importance for the professional development of any undergraduate student in public health.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on quizzes, homework projects, class participation, and an individual written exam.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This class introduces students to the basic ideas and theories of public administration. Whether we need government or not, what is bureaucracy and whether it is a bad thing, how can we reform the public sector, what tools does the government use in order to reach its goals and how does the decision-making process takes in the public sector are among the primary questions the course addresses. The course will cover basic concepts like public vs. private organizations, central and local Romanian public administration (organization and functioning), governmental reform, and public policy. Last but not least, the course approaches the problem of public sector ethics, corruption, its causes and consequences and the most common alternatives for fighting against it. A special attention will be granted to sunshine measures and whistleblowing, as tools for fighting corrupt behavior.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation, quizzes, and an individual written paper.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The general objective of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the health policy definition and process, the actors involved in the process and their influences as well as tools for doing policy analysis and advocating for change or improvement. The course is designed to enhance several competencies and after the completion of this course.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop-quizzes, a seminar group project, and an individual written exam.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course schedule: This course seeks to help students to develop the following learning objectives: identify the resource needs of the project, decompose work packages into activities, define what is needed to estimate activity durations, define milestones and create a milestone schedule, estimate the quantities and costs of resources required to perform project activities, use a responsibility assignment matrix to assign responsibilities, apply the principles of budgeting in organizational and community initiatives. The work will mostly involve a combination of reading, small group discussions and applying knowledge gained through group planning exercises. The teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, self-study, report writing and critical analysis.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on quizzes, group projects, one intermediate evaluation, and a final exam.

Number of credits: 4 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

4th Semester Courses

Course description: This course provides an introduction to the principles of epidemiology. The course will focus on basic concepts and vocabulary, highlighting the dynamics of human disease, measurement of morbidity and mortality, epidemiologic design methods, causality, validity of testing, outbreak investigations, and understanding risk.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation, intermediate written exams, lab assignments, and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course examines the major domains of the violence and injury prevention field. The course content will cover key concepts and tool which students will implement through group exercises that involve designing a Haddon matrix, create a data dictionary and a database on the topic of violence and injury prevention, and developing an advocacy letter. Students will learn about the distribution of injuries by age, the risk factors and types of injuries sustained by different causes of injury, and will learn how prevention efforts have reduced injuries from many causes. New risk factors for injuries, as well as new efforts in injury control, will be discussed. This will involve a combination of reading, small group discussions and applying knowledge gained through group planning exercises.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop-quizzes, written assignments, and the development of an advocacy letter.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to and overview of the key areas of environmental health. The course will look at the sustainability of water, soil, food, waste, and atmosphere/energy and how these relate to public health. Through this course, students will acquire basic knowledge, attitudes and skills that are essential for environmental health policy practice.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation, a group project, and a written examination.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course is designed to provide students an overview of the application of ergonomic principles in occupational health and safety and will explore how these principles can be applied to reduce occupationally related injuries. The course will cover topics such as occupational risk factors, injuries that can occur at workplace, assessment, development of solutions, implementation, and follow-up. Through this course the students will learn to recognize ergonomic hazards and mechanisms of injury in the workplace and understand the potential benefits and limitations of ergonomics intervention.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation, a group project, and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course aims to teach students how to explore the health impact assessment as a means of using the knowledge in the policy-making area. The students will learn the necessary skills needed to evaluate, analyze and communicate scientific evidence regarding issues affecting the health determinants of a population. By participating to this course, students will ultimately learn how to use health impact assessment as a tool for assessing the potential health effects of policies, programs, or projects.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on individual written assignments, class participation, a group project, and a final examination.

Number of credits: 4 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

5th Semester Courses

Course description: The module aims to offer students a good understanding of the principles and concepts of social inquiry and analysis, and covers four broad topics: the foundation of social science, research design, data collection, and data analysis. By the end of the course, students will be able to formulate good research questions and design appropriate research, propose adequate data collection methods, analyze quantitative data using compute-based skills (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), prepare a research proposal, and critically evaluate the quality of evidence in published social research.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation, a written exam, an individual project, and a group project.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course aims to offer students a hands-on approach on how to write grant proposals by teaching them what should they consider when writing a grant. The students will learn how to search for funding, how to develop a rationale, how to develop SMART objectives, how to develop a budget, and how to structure their grant. By taking this class, students will acquire the necessary skills for getting funded by government agencies and private foundations.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on several individual written assignments and developing a complete grant proposal to an agency of their choice.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The purpose of this course is to offer students an introduction to the structural determinants of population health as well as to issues around health inequalities. A set of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social determinants of health are discussed, using a social-ecological framework. Students will gain a better understanding of social stratification, social mobility, education, poverty and deprivation, employment and working conditions, discrimination, housing and living conditions, social cohesion, social support and their impact on health outcomes. By the end of the module, students should be able to critically discuss these determinants as well as associated intervention strategies, to improve population health and mitigate health inequities.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop quizzes, case-study presentations, and an individual written examination.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This class aims to familiarize students with the main concepts of maternal and child health, and equip them with skills to explain the mechanisms through which maternal and child health and illness are co-determined by biological, psychological, social and behavioral factors. The class covers current health problems affecting women and children health in developed and developing countries, highlighting the common health problems at different stages of the life cycle. Health disparities in maternal and child health and the health of children with special needs are also discussed. Finally, the role of different national and international organizations and the impact of policy in program planning, monitoring and assessment are explored.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop quizzes, case-study presentations, and an individual written examination.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: This course aims to offer a broad perspective on the manner in which mental health has been perceived during history. Students will learn aspects related to classification of mental health conditions, diagnosis, and therapeutic approaches by undertaking visits to the institutions that function in the mental health field.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation and a final written assignment.

Number of credits: 4 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

6th Semester Courses

Course description: The purpose of this course is to produce graduates who understand information technology and advanced telecommunications technology by raising awareness of the increasing role and potential of information technology and advanced telecommunications technology for effective and efficient health services. This course will foster awareness of the social, ethical and legal issues associated with the introduction and use of information technology and communications technology. Also, it will provide health professionals and others with the theoretical and practical knowledge, this will enable them to take leading roles within the emerging field of Health Informatics.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation, a group project, and an individual written assignment.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The purpose of this course is to offer an understanding of the complex body of knowledge related to the right to health, law and ethics, drawing on recent research, and of the context, structures and agency linking health and human rights. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical and analytical thinking in the area of human rights and also to develop skills in communication and team work as well as individual reflection.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on an individual written exam, an individual written essay, and class participation.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The Public Management course addresses some central issues related to the management of public sector organizations, ranging from organizational, small scale issues, like organizational culture, trust or capacity, to broader concepts like strategic management, public marketing, post new public management trends and so forth. The class aims not only to provide some basic knowledge about how public sector organizations work and are managed, but also to raise questions about the overall elements interacting with the way public organizations operate. Is there any difference between public and private organizations? How are public organizations kept accountable? What is the product public organizations “sell”? are some of the questions for which the class will strive to provide answers. Last but not least, the class brings into discussion some recent developments in the field of public administration, like privatization and public entrepreneurship and innovation. These are important concepts because students need not only to have a broad understanding of public sector management, but to be capable of decoding the present day discourse promoted by politicians and bureaucrats; to discriminate between the seen and the unseen.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on class participation, class presentations, a group presentation, and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 6 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: Healthcare organizations have expanded to new roles, more comprehensive services and broader commitments for quality. This module offers practical suggestions to strengthen and improve the community healthcare organization based on successful models and best practices. Lectures are organized around a comprehensive and well-supported theory of management, defining essential concepts related to the topic. The module, including the course and the seminar, will mainly benefit those interested in a systematic understanding of organizational principles and practices relevant to the management of health services organizations. The module is based on state-of-the-art organization theory and research with an emphasis on application by focusing on discussions on specific case studies within each seminar. Students will gain indispensable knowledge of quality and safety, human resources, strategic and financial management in health care. Furthermore, they will develop competencies such as leadership and managerial skills.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on pop-quizzes, case-study presentations’, individual assignments, a pre-feasibility study, and a final written exam.

Number of credits: 7 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?

Course description: The course aims to provide an overview on the principles of human resources management and its role in society. Students will explore the role of human resources specialists and the importance of organizational culture from different institutions. Moreover, students will explore aspects related to labor management by understanding the challenges of achieving an optimum life-work balance, and will be familiarized with concepts related to inequalities and ethics at the workplace.

Evaluation method: Evaluation is based on a group project presentation and an individual written exam.

Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits. What are ECTS credits?