2023-2024 / SANT0740-2

General introduction to public health


30h Th, 10h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)4 crédits 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (ERASMUS MUNDUS EuropubHealth+)4 crédits 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (new programme)4 crédits 


Michèle Guillaume

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

  • Definition and evolution of the concepts of health and public health.
  • Introduction to the history of public health
  • Monitoring and analysis of the health situation
  • Epidemiological surveillance/disease prevention and control
  • Policy-making and planning in the field of public health
  • Strategic management of health systems and services to improve population health
  • Regulation and enforcement to protect public health
  • Development and planning of public health human resources
  • Health promotion, citizen participation and control
  • Quality assurance of health services for people 4 and the general population.
  • Research, development and implementation of innovative public health solutions.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

General objectives

  • Acquire basic notions of public health.
Specific objectives

  • Understand the evolution of health and public health concepts, and critically evaluate different definitions of health and public health.
  • Describe, recognize and illustrate the essential functions of public health.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex-cathedra lessons and home reading assignments.
Practice lessons

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

Face-to-face lessons. Reading portfolio.

Recommended or required readings

There are no lecture notes. A PowerPoint presentation and a reading portfolio will be provided to students on "MyULiège".

Required reading (considered as examination material) :

  • Western Pacific Regional Committee. (2002). Essential public health functions: the role of ministries of health. WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/248760
  • Didier Fassin, Faire de la santé publique. Rennes, Édition ENSP, 2005. INTRODUCTION AND CHAPTER 1 (to page 34)
  • Raimondeau Jacques, Carmona Élodie. Chapter 1: Histories of public health. In Manuel de santé publique (2020), pages 23 to 45. Presses de l'EHESP.
Other readings will be recommended to students by the various speakers

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Pierre-Louis VERDIN Secretary Prof. Michèle GUILLAUME E-mail: plverdin@uliege.be

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