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Title Epidemiology II. Design of epidemiological studies
Course number 1622
Programme Epidemiologi
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2014-02-11 -- 2014-02-20
Responsible KI department Institutet för miljömedicin
Specific entry requirements Knowledge in epidemiology equivalent to ""Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology"" or corresponding courses.
Intended learning outcomes After successfully completing this course you as a student are expected to be able to:
- in a self-directed manner, formulate the principles of different types of common epidemiological study designs.
- mainly independently, explain how a specific measure of disease occurrence and measure of association is governed by the study design.
- in a self-directed manner, explain and discuss epidemiological concepts, including accuracy, in the context of different epidemiological study designs.
- draw conclusions from epidemiological scientific papers and to review and criticize these regarding study design, results and accuracy.

Learning outcomes are classified according to Bloom's taxonomy: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Contents of the course The course focus on issues related to study design (primarily case-control methodology), study base, study efficiency, matching in epidemiological studies, induction time, interpretation of epidemiologic evidence.
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, group discussions and various forms of group exercises on selected topics, will be used. The course focuses on active learning, i.e. putting knowledge into practice and critically reflecting upon the knowledge, rather than memorising facts.
Compulsory elements Only the examination tasks are compulsory.
Examination To pass the course, the student has to show that the learning outcomes have been achieved. Assessments methods used are group tasks along with written and oral individual tasks.The examination is viewed as a contributing to the development of knowledge, rather than as a test of knowledge. Students who do not obtain a passing grade in the first examination will be offered a second examination within two months of the final day of the course. Students who do not obtain a passing grade at the first two examinations will be given top priority for admission the next time the course is offered.
Literature and other teaching material Course literature Rothman KJ. Epidemiology: an introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Norell S. Epidemiologisk metodik: studieuppläggning, tillförlitlighet, effektivitet. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 1987. Scientific papers will be distributed during the course.
Number of students 12 - 25
Selection of students Eligible doctoral students, with required prerequisite knowledge, prioritized according to 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date). To be considered, submit a completed application form. Give all information requested, including a description of current research and motivation for attending, and an account of previous courses taken.
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Additional course leader The course is held at the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM), Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna. The course is extended over 2 weeks (but still 5 full course days) to promote reflection and reinforce learning. Course participants are expected to attend class each course day 9.00-16.00 (February 11, 13, 17, 18, 20). The learning activities within the course will consist of lectures, group sessions as well as individual assignments to be performed at home.
Earlier evaluation of the course Evaluation report
Course responsible Lars Alfredsson
Institutet för miljömedicin
Contact person Anita Berglund
Institutet för miljömedicin