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Title Epidemiology III. Analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data
Course number 3129
Programme Epidemiologi
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2021-05-20 -- 2021-05-27
Responsible KI department Institutet för miljömedicin
Specific entry requirements Knowledge equivalent to ""Epidemiology I: Introduction to epidemiology"", ""Epidemiology II: Design of epidemiological studies"", ""Biostatistics I: Introduction for epidemiologists"" or corresponding courses.
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to familiarise the student with principles for epidemiological data analysis and critical interpretation of study results.
Intended learning outcomes After successfully completing this course you as a student are expected to be able to:

- analyse and interpret interactions between causes,
- reason about principles of causal inference,
- evaluate methodological aspects when critically reviewing individual epidemiological studies,
- apply good practices for quantitative bias analysis to epidemiological data, and
- demonstrate how to communicate areas of expertise to the public and to those not familiar with your research area.
Contents of the course The course focuses on issues related to causal inference, principles of epidemiological data analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological concepts and principles of relevance when critically reviewing individual epidemiological studies.
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 Individual examination task (summative assessment).
Examination To pass the course, the student has to show that all the intended learning outcomes have been achieved. Assessments methods used are group assignments (formative assessments) along with a written individual take-home examination. 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 Suggested reading:

Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL. Modern epidemiology (3nd ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

Lash TL, Fox MP, Fink AK. Applying quantitative bias analysis to epidemiologic data. Springer, 2009.

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 The course is extended over time in order to promote reflection and reinforce learning. Course dates are May 20, 21, 25, 26 and 27. The individual examination will be performed as a take home examination.
Additional course leader Matthew Fox, Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston University, USA will be teaching parts of the course.
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Anita Berglund
Institutet för miljömedicin
Contact person Johanna Bergman
Institutet för miljömedicin

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