Burden of Illness Worldwide and in Austria : Extent, Causes and Strategies (ILV)


Course lecturer:

Dr. med.

 Florian Stigler , MPH
Specialization AreaHealth Management
Course numberB3.02851.60.060
Course codeKAUS
Semester of degree program Semester 6
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits3,0
Language of instruction German

Students know the most important illnesses which are the greatest burden in the world, and specifically in Austria. They have understood which concepts have been developed for the measurement of "illness burden" and which problems are theoretically and practically connected to them. They can differentiate according to the mortality and morbidity of diseases. They are familiar with the main differences in the epidemiological spectrum of a western industrialised country such as Austria compared to spectra of other societies from other regions. They are also able to name the most significant, modifiable risk factors for the main illness groups. Students have learned the methodology developed by WHO (CHOICE) to prioritise health interventions in selected examples and are therefore able to question health policies in terms of coherence, effectiveness and efficiency.

Indicators of population health: YLL, YLD, DALY; issue of DALYs Weights: measurement and interpretation; world WHO regions and most important demographic and health characteristics; concept and application of Attributable Fractions for the determination of risk factors for BoD; BoD in Austria: coronary heart disease, cancer, and other selected diseases; determination of the illness process by DISMOD II (incidence, prevalence, remission, duration, letality, mortality); risk factors for selected illness groups: diet, smoking, alcohol.

Lopez AD, et al. (ed.) Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors. World Bank 2006.