Short Course on Cultural Research Practices for Population Health

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    Kuala Lumpur
    Applications Closed


    UNU-IIGH will organize a short course on Cultural Research Practices for Population Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 8–11 December 2014. This four-day course will examine the impacts of cultural transitions and shared beliefs and values on human health with consideration for intervention strategies. Participants will gain insights into key health issues that relate to cultural change and ‘traditional’ habits and values. By the end of this course, participants will have a deeper appreciation of how future health will be impacted by cultural change as well as the potential benefits of health-related activities that are responsive to change.


    By the end of the course, participants should have skills in:

    • Understanding interdisciplinary approaches to the interplay between culture and health
    • Critical analysis of cultural epidemiology texts
    • Determining culturally informed strategies for reducing health risks

    The course is designed for postgraduate students and people working in population health, anthropology, community development and social research. It is suitable for people who may have an understanding of, but not necessarily any formal training in, anthropology or public health.

    This course involves lectures, case studies, interactive discussions, small group exercises, guided computer exploration and field excursion.

    Key Topics

    • Primary concepts and approaches for understanding the links between health and cultural factors at the sub-population and societal levels
    • Theoretical exploration of pathways between cultural systems and health outcomes
    • Ethnographic approaches for application in clinical, sub-population, organizational and community settings
    • Mixed methods and approaches to better understanding cultural transition effects
    • Research design
    • How and when cultural research is most usefully employed

    The registration fee is USD 550.00 for international applicants, and MYR 660.00 for Malaysian applicants; This fee covers course tuition, one e-copy of When Culture Impacts Health: Global Lessons for Effective Health Research (Springer, 2013), as well as lunch and refreshments on each day of the course.

    Please see the Related Files tab for the course brochure and application form.

    All applications should be submitted to stating the course name and applicant’s name in the email title. The closing date for applications is 5 November 2014.

  • UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
    UNU-IIGH Building
    UKM Medical Centre
    Jalan Yaacob Latiff
    Bandar Tun Razak
    56000 Cheras
    Kuala Lumpur

    Tel: +603 9171 5394
    Fax: +603 9171 5402