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Life Course Epidemiology and Public Health

Fribourg, June 7th – 9th 2021

Population health is shaped by a complex set of determinants occurring throughout the life course. Life Course Epidemiology (LCE) aims to causally link exposures across the life course to long-term health outcomes via longitudinal studies. LCE investigates the dynamic of exposures at different periods of life (from conception to old age), at various levels (social, environmental, behavioural, and biological), and historical periods (birth cohorts), and how these exposures influence population health. For this course, we focus on LCE in public health whereby unravelling the complex origins of disease and health aims at informing preventive strategies. Life course epidemiology informs public health interventions via i) identification of windows of opportunity (life periods), ii) identification of target exposures and iii) assessment of potential intervention strategies.

Attendees: 20 students

This course is framed within the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) Inter-university Graduate Campus and will take place again in 2022. Find out more here.