At the end of this course, the student:
has insight in the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology;
has an overview of important historical developments in health sciences in general, and epidemiology in particular;
has insight in the different measures of frequency, association and impact that are commonly used in epidemiological research;
is able to calculate these measures using simple numerical examples;
has insight in the different aspects of epidemiological research (etiologic / diagnostic / prognostic / therapeutic, causal / descriptive);
has knowledge of the different study designs used in epidemiological research;
is able to read and understand (simple) epidemiological scientific papers and recognize, in these papers, which study design was used;
is able to apply the correct measures of frequency and association belonging with the different epidemiological study designs;
understands the meaning of the terms bias and confounding.
Period (from – till): Several times a year
C.W.B. Boonacker, PhD, supervisor
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
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme