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Title Epidemiology III. Analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data
Course number 1684
Programme Epidemiologi
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2013-12-09 -- 2013-12-17
Responsible KI department Institutet för miljömedicin
Specific entry requirements Knowledge equivalent to Epidemiology I, Epidemiology II and Biostatistics I or corresponding courses.
Intended learning outcomes Knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course the student should, in a self-directed manner, be able to describe and understand principles of causal inference.
Skills and abilities: The student should be able to apply their knowledge and understanding regarding epidemiological issues and be able to interpret the concepts confidence interval, p-value, multiple analyses, à priori probabilities, Bayesian analysis and meta-analysis. The student can be expected to communicate their areas of expertise within and outside the scientific society.
Scientific approach and ablility to make judgements: The student should, mainly independently, be able to evaluate, synthesise and draw conclusion from available scientific data concerning specific research questions.
Contents of the course The course focus on issues related to causal inference, general principles of epidemiological data analysis and meta-analysis.
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
Examination To pass the course, the student has to show that the learning outcomes have been achieved. Assessments methods used are group assignments along with written individual tasks. 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 Course literature
Rothman KJ. Epidemiology: an introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Scientific papers will be distributed during the course.
Number of students 12 - 25
Selection of students Prerequisite knowledge equivalent to Epi I (1577), Epi II (1622), Bio I (1579) or corresponding courses. Eligible 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, submit a completed application form and give all information requested, including a description of current research and motivation as well as an account of previous courses.
More information Course participants are expected to attend class at Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna each course day 9.00-16.00 (December 9, 11, 13, 16 and 17). The learning activities within the course will consist of lectures, group sessions as well as individual assignments to be performed at home.
Additional course leader
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Lars Alfredsson
Institutet för miljömedicin
Contact person Catherine Bollö
08-524 870 29

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