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Course module: BMB507711
Introduction to Epidemiology - E-learning
Course info
Course codeBMB507711
ECTS Credits1.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Epidemiology Postgraduate;
Contact persondr. C.W.B. Boonacker, PhD
Contactperson for the course
dr. C.W.B. Boonacker, PhD
Other courses by this lecturer
C.S.P.M. Uiterwaal
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (29/08/2016 to 26/08/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
At the end of this course, the student:
  1. has insight in the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology;
  2. has an overview of important historical developments in health sciences in general, and epidemiology in particular;
  3. has insight in the different measures of frequency, association and impact that are commonly used in epidemiological research;
  4. is able to calculate these measures using simple numerical examples;
  5. has insight in the different aspects of epidemiological research (etiologic / diagnostic / prognostic / therapeutic, causal / descriptive);
  6. has knowledge of the different study designs used in epidemiological research;
  7. is able to read and understand (simple) epidemiological scientific papers and recognize, in these papers, which study design was used;
  8. is able to apply the correct measures of frequency and association belonging with the different epidemiological study designs;
  9. understands the meaning of the terms bias and confounding.
Period (from – till): Several times a year

C.W.B. Boonacker, PhD, supervisor
Course description:
This course provides insight in the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology. The course starts with the history and design of epidemiological research, and the different measures of frequency and association. Also, the principles of bias and confounding are addressed. In the second part of the course, epidemiological fields of research as covered at UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University are presented.

Literature/study material used:
K.J. Rothman, Epidemiology – An Introduction, Oxford University Press.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme: Yes
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme: No
Prerequisite knowledge:
BSc level
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Required materials
Instructional formats
Computer practical

Group discussion


Individual assignment



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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