2023-2024 / METO1021-1

Critical approach to evidence based public health


20h Th, 20h Pr, 10h AUTR

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (ERASMUS MUNDUS EuropubHealth+)5 crédits 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (new programme)5 crédits 
 University certificate in clinical epidemiology and healthcare economics5 crédits 


Olivier Bruyère, Nancy Durieux

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

At the University, many opportunities are offered to students to enable them to become independent in searching, evaluating and using scientific information in an "evidence-based" way. This course represents one such opportunity.
The course focuses on the following topics:

  • evidence-based public health;
  • public health information landscape;
  • process of searching for scientific information;
  • critical reading of papers;
  • plagiarism and citation styles.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • define the concept of "evidence-based public health" ;
  • describe the interest and principle of different specialised public health information resources ;
  • search for evidence from the scientifique literature;
  • read scientific papers critically;
  • understand how to avoid plagiarism and cite their references when writing a document.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course will include face-to-face sessions, readings and online exercises. In the face-to-face sessions, theoretical lectures, demonstrations and explanations of the material will be offered. The readings will be used as theoretical support. The exercises will be done at home. They will allow the application of the concepts seen in the course.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Recommended or required readings

Resources documents and exercises will be available via eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

Course assessment (written exam) will take place according to the Faculty calendar. The assessment will evaluate the knowledge and skills learnt on the course (see Learning outcomes).
In order to undertake the assessment, students will need to show their ULiège student card.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

For the examination procedures, please refer to the official rules available on the University website.


Please, use only your ULiege address (XXX@student.uliege.be) for any exchange of mails and specify in the subject line of your email the title of the course METO1021.


Olivier Bruyère, Professor
Department of Public Health, Epidemiology, and Health Economics
CHU Sart Tilman, Bât.B23
4000 Liège
Tel. : +32 (0)4 366 25 81
Fax : +32 (0)4 366 28 12
Email : olivier.bruyere@uliege.be

Nancy Durieux, Associate Professor
Université de Liège
Faculté de Psychologie, Logopédie et des Sciences de l'Education
Bât. B32 (local 2.36B)
Quartier Agora
Place des Orateurs 2
4000 Liège
Tel. : +32 (0)4 366 96 26
E-mail : Nancy.Durieux@uliege.be



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