New course for PhD students: “Aging Societies: Challenges and Opportunities”

Program: Public Health Science
Time
: April 9 – 27, 2018
Place: Aging Research Center (ARC, NVS Department, Karolinska Institutet & Stockholm University), Gävlegatan 16, Stockholm
Credits: 3

This course approaches the challenges and opportunities of an aging population from a public health perspective. It focuses on the lifelong heterogeneous aging process, and health and welfare in old age. The course is relevant for PhD students in public health and health sciences, or students from other disciplines interested in aging research.

After completing this course students are expected to be able to:
1. Identify and discuss societal challenges and opportunities that arise from an aging population, and how they can be addressed.
2. Reflect on how these challenges and opportunities can be related to her/his research.
3. Reflect on key concepts and theories from the course, and apply them on her/his research.

Life expectancy continues to increase around the world. Aging societies present societal and economic challenges, but older people are also a resource for society. The course addresses these topics and provides knowledge on key concepts and theories in the multidisciplinary field of aging research. During the course we will discuss societal challenges and opportunities that arise from an aging population, and how they can be addressed. Attention will be given to: The heterogeneous aging process, how health and health inequalities are shaped by experiences and behaviors throughout the life course, healthy aging, health trends and the interplay between morbidity and mortality in later life (e.g., compression and expansion of morbidity), and aging within health and social care systems. As part of the course, students are expected to reflect on their own PhD project in an individual assignment, from the perspective of challenges and opportunities raised by aging societies. We welcome PhD students in public health, health sciences, and social sciences, or students in other disciplines, interested in aging.

Course responsible: Carin Lennartsson, senior lecturer, carin.lennartsson@ki.se

Contact: Charlotta Nilsen, charlotta.nilsen@ki.se

More information and link to the course for application: http://kiwas.ki.se/katalog/katalog/kurs/2755?lang=en

Deadline: November 15th, 2017