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Title Epidemiology II. Design of epidemiological studies
Course number 3138
Programme Epidemiologi
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2020-05-25 -- 2020-06-03
Responsible KI department Institutet för miljömedicin
Specific entry requirements Knowledge in epidemiology equivalent to ""Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology"" or corresponding courses.
Purpose of the course The course focuses on key considerations in designing and critically interpreting different types of case-control studies, as well as matching in cohort and case-control studies.
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 focuses on issues related to study design with emphasis on case-control methodology and different types of sampling strategies, study base, study efficiency, matching in epidemiological studies, induction time, interpretation of epidemiological 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 The individual examination .
Examination To pass the course, the student has to show that the learning outcomes have been achieved. Assessments methods used are group tasks (formative assessments) along with a written individual task (summative assessment).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 Suggested course literature
Rothman KJ. Epidemiology: an introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL. Modern epidemiology (3nd ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

Scientific papers will be distributed before and during the course.
Number of students 8 - 25
Selection of students Eligible doctoral students will be prioritized according to 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant’s doctoral project (according to written information), 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 short description of current research training and motivation for attending, as well as an account of previous courses taken.
More information Course dates are May 25, 27, 29 and June 1 and 3. The course is extended over time, but is still five full course days in order to promote reflection and reinforce learning. The individual examination will be performed as a take home examination.
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Course responsible Karin Leander
Institutet för miljömedicin
08-52487498
Karin.Leander@ki.se

Box 210 (Nobels väg 13), KI

171 77
Stockholm
Contact person Johanna Bergman
Institutet för miljömedicin

johanna.bergman@ki.se

Nobels väg 13

17177
Stockholm