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Title Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology
Course number 1577
Program Epidemiologi
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2017-10-23 -- 2017-11-01
Responsible KI department Institutet för miljömedicin
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The aim of the course is to give an introduction to epidemiological theory and practice.
Learning outcomes After successfully completing this course students are expected to be able to:
-give examples of the contribution of epidemiology to science and discuss the importance of epidemiology as a research discipline.
-estimate and in a general way interpret measures of disease occurrence and measures of association, and describe how a specific measure is governed by the study design.
-explain strengths and weaknesses of common epidemiological study designs.
-identify and explain possible sources of bias in epidemiological studies.
-describe theoretical models for causation and discuss the principles of causal mechanisms.
-apply knowledge of epidemiological concepts when critically reviewing scientific literature.

Intended learning outcomes are classified according to Bloom¿s taxonomy: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation (Bloom, 1956, extended by Anderson and Krathwohl, 2001).
Contents of the course The course gives an introduction to epidemiological theory and practice. It comprises basic principles regarding design, interpretation, and analysis of epidemiological studies. It introduces the concept of causation, concepts related to measures of disease occurrence and measures of association, common designs for epidemiological studies (with main focus on cohort studies), and the role of bias.
Teaching and learning activities The course focuses on active learning, i.e. putting knowledge into practice and critically reflecting upon the knowledge, rather than memorising facts. Different strategies for teaching and learning will be used, such as lectures, group discussions and various forms of group exercises on selected topics.
Compulsory elements The individual examination (summative assessment) is compulsory.
Examination To pass the course, the student has to show that the learning outcomes have been achieved. Assessments methods used are group assignments (formative assessments) along with an individual examination (summative assessment). The examination is viewed as 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 chance to resubmit the 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 Rothman KJ. Epidemiology: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2012. Scientific articles will be distributed before and during the course.
Number of students 8 - 25
Selection of students Eligible doctoral students, with required prerequisite knowledge, will be selected based on 1) the relevance of the syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), and 2) date for registration as 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.
More information The course is extended over time in order to promote reflection and reinforce learning. The course will be given the following dates: October 23, 25, 27, 30 and November 1.
Course directors
Earlier evaluation of the course Evaluation report
Course responsible Karin Leander
Institutet för miljömedicin

Box 210 (Nobels väg 13), KI

171 77
Contact person Johanna Bergman
Institutet för miljömedicin

Nobels väg 13