Course catalogue doctoral education - VT19

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Title Reproductive Epidemiology
Course number 2697
Programme Epidemiology
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2013-09-02 -- 2013-09-06
Responsible KI department Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Specific entry requirements
Intended learning outcomes After successfully completing this course students should be able to:
- Define and explain fundamental concepts in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology such as the basic principles of reproductive physiology, demography, infectious diseases and genetics as they apply to human reproduction.
- Define and explain endpoints of reproductive epidemiology such as infertility, fetal loss, birth defects, fetal growth, and maternal pregnancy complications.
- Relate to scientific papers within reproductive epidemiology and compare methodological and analytical designs and epidemiological issues such as bias, errors and measures.
- Discuss and reflect upon the results and conclusions of papers in reproductive epidemiology.
- Being able to build own hypothesis within reproductive epidemiology.
Contents of the course Fundamentals of human reproduction, overview of reproductive physiology, definitions and epidemiology of reproductive terms such as fertility, fecundability, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, mortality, gestational age, fetal growth, birth weight, birth defects and maternal outcomes( i.e. preeclampsia), future directions in reproductive epidemiology.
Teaching and learning activities Day 1-4: Lectures in the mornings, reading and discussing scientific papers in the afternoons. Formative oral examination. Day 5: Round table discussion of thoughts and the future direction of reproductive epidemiology (half a day); Written examination (half a day).
Compulsory elements Students that do not attend the afternoon sessions have to hand in a written review of the papers (approx 1 A4) the next day.
Examination The students will be divided into small groups. Each group will be assigned a subject with accompanying questions. The students will scan the scientific literature and critically evaluate the scientific papers in order to answer the questions. They will present and discuss their results and conclusions with researchers and their peers. The students will pass if they can show that they reached the intended learning outcomes of the course. They should write a comprehensive one to two pages literature review based on at least 4-5 scientific papers, on which they base their conclusions upon, and show the capacity to critically evaluate and discuss the results in the classroom.
Literature and other teaching material Compulsory texts: Fertility and pregnancy, An epidemiologic perspective, by Allen J Wilcox Scientific papers distributed during lectures. Recommended texts: Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, by Buck Louis G. and Platt RW
Number of students 12 - 25
Selection of students Eligible registered doctoral students will be prioritized according to 1) the relevance of the course content for their research, and 2) the stated motivation for attending the course. To be considered, please submit a completed application form and give all information requested, including a description of current research and motivation for attending, as well as an account of previous courses taken.
More information Questions: please contact
Additional course leader
Earlier evaluation of the course Not available
Course responsible Anastasia Nyman
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
08 524 86006
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