Introduction to Epidemiology
Date: 21-25 June 2021
Duration: this online course runs remotely over five days.
The field of epidemiology is the science underpinning public health, which centres around the study of the patterns, causes and effects of diverse health problems in the population. It provides a foundation to modern evidence-based medicine, and its application across interdisciplinary contexts is now more prominent and critical than ever.
This course is designed by experienced epidemiologists from the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) at the University of Oxford, renowned for its large-scale observational studies and trials.
who is this course for?
This introductory course in epidemiology is intended for those who have little or no prior epidemiological training, but have moved into a student or staff role that requires an understanding of these epidemiological principles for their work.
The course will take you from the basic principles of epidemiology, to the design, interpretation and appraisal of epidemiological research. No prior knowledge is required, although a background in biological sciences or medicine may help understand the topics in health.
This course will cover
- fundamental principles in epidemiology (including measures of disease occurrence and association)
- bias and confounding
- statistics (chance, power, meta-analysis)
- different types of epidemiological study designs (descriptive, case-control, cohort, randomised control trials).
It will also apply these principles in a critical appraisal of a research paper, along with a week-long group project on a study design exercise of a current question in the field.
The first four days of this five day online course consist of approximately two live sessions, followed by one hour of self-directed learning in the form of exercises, readings or pre-recorded videos. The final day will focus around group presentations of a week-long practical exercise.
By the end of this course, attendees will:
- understand key epidemiological principles
- be familiar with the major types of epidemiological study designs and understand their strengths and weaknesses with respect to research questions
- be able to interpret epidemiological evidence
- appreciate the role of statistics in the application of epidemiological principles.
£90 Oxford student
£250 Oxford staff/external student
£350 External academics
£500 External industry
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