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Title Cardiovascular epidemiology
Course number 2154
Program 1-Ingår i flera program
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2017-09-25 -- 2017-09-29
Responsible KI department Institutet för miljömedicin
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course This course focuses on the application of epidemiological study designs to understand and evaluate risk factors for common cardiovascular diseases.
Learning outcomes Students having successfully completed this course should be able to:
- Explain the theoretical difference between risk factors and risk indicators for cardiovascular diseases;
- Explain potential mechanisms underlying the effect of risk factors in the atherosclerotic process;
- Discuss the differences among the different common epidemiological study designs used within the cardiovascular epidemiology research area;
- Interpret study results critically by considering the different sources of bias.
Contents of the course The course introduces basic epidemiological concepts and common epidemiological study designs such as cohort studies, case-control studies, clinical trials and genetic association studies. During the course choice of epidemiological study design as well as potential sources of bias will be discussed using practical examples. During the course special attention will be given to discuss: -established and emerging cardiovascular risk factors; -potential mechanisms underlying atherosclerosis and its main clinical outcomes of interest in the field of cardiovascular epidemiology; -theories and concepts related to common epidemiological study designs: case control, cohort and clinical trials; -the emerging role of biomarkers in cardiovascular research; -the role of genetic- and environmental interactions. No specific background knowledge is formally required to be eligible for the course. However, before the course begins students are recommended to do a self-assessment regarding some important basic concepts (within epidemiology and cardiology). This test will be distributed to course participants about two weeks before the beginning of the course. The students may use some of the literature indicated in the course literature to fill in gaps of knowledge if needed. On the first day of the course we will go through the test and briefly discuss together the questions and the answers.
Teaching and learning activities Apart from lectures, the course will include group work and seminars in order to facilitate learning. Group tasks will include critical discussions of research articles in order for students to practice their skills in the evaluation of study designs and results. Individually, but also in pairs, students will work on exercise questions.
Compulsory elements Individual written examination, group work on day 2 and on day 4 of the course.
Examination Learning outcomes will be assessed using 1) a short individual written examination, and 2) oral presentations of group work.
Literature and other teaching material Suggested course literature Rothman K J: Epidemiology: An introduction. Oxford University Press 2002. Chapter 2: What is causation? Page 8 Chapter 3: Measuring Disease Occurrence and Causal Effects. Page 24 Chapter 4: Types of Epidemiological Studies. Page 57 Chapter 5: Biases in Study Design. Page 94 Libby P, Bonow R, Mann D, Zipes D. Braunwald´s Heart Disease. 8th Edition 2010. Chapter 1: Global Burden of Cardiovascular Disease. Page 1 Chapter 38: The Vascular Biology of Atherosclerosis. Page 985 Compendium on Basic principles in Epidemiology Compendium on Basic principles of Cardiovascular Biology
Number of students 15 - 25
Selection of students Selection will be based on 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)
More information
Course directors The course is given by the doctoral programme in Cardiovascular Research and the doctoral programme in Epidemiology (see
Earlier evaluation of the course Evaluation report
Course responsible Bruna Gigante
Institutet för miljömedicin
Contact person Karin Leander
Institutet för miljömedicin

Box 210 (Nobels väg 13), KI

171 77

Johanna Bergman
Institutet för miljömedicin

Nobels väg 13