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Postgraduate Course: Epidemiology for Health Professionals (GMED11105)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaGeneral Courses (Medicine) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces the fundamentals of epidemiology, providing students with an understanding of different epidemiological concepts and approaches and investigative techniques, and essential statistical skills, relating to global and local health problems. It focuses on areas such as how to understand study design and how to choose the right study design, interpreting confidence intervals, p-values, relative risks and odds ratios, and understanding how to measure health and disease. It explores issues such as bias and confounding. The course is flexible, designed to be engaging and informative to people at all levels, whether just beginning to work with epidemiology or for those who have a basic grasp but wish to extend their knowledge further. The course provides an excellent platform for all health professionals building skills in interpretation of data, research design and clinical practice. It is also valuable for policy makers, for those engaged in the health industry and those working in NGOs and international agencies and organisations. It is extremely useful for those working in the NHS or other health services throughout the world, or those who have a teaching responsibility to health students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 05/08/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 80, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 90, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course will equip participants with the skills needed to understand and critically appraise published epidemiological studies. By the end of the course, students should:
be familiar with basic epidemiological concepts such as incidence, prevalence, rates, standardisation, association and causality, approaches to sampling;
understand and be able to describe the following epidemiological study designs: ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, randomised controlled trials;
understand what is meant by and what the implications are of bias and confounding and the strategies available for avoiding these problems;
be able to critically appraise published studies
Be confident with basic statistical concepts.
Assessment Information
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme
Special Arrangements
This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment WebCT as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The course will concentrate on the following areas
Introduction to concepts of epidemiology and Critical Appraisal
Basic statistical concepts
Measuring health and disease
Ecological and cross-sectional Studies
Case-Control studies
Cohort studies
Measuring disease association
Randomised Control Trials
Sources of error in epidemiological studies
Transferable skills A 10 week interactive distance learning course. Those participating will receive online lecture materials and will be set assigned readings and specific online tasks/exercises relating to each week┐s topic. The total time required each week is approximately 15-20 hours.
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad N/A
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsepidemiology, statistics, research design, critical appraisal
Contacts
Course organiserDr Liz Grant
Tel:
Email: Liz.Grant@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryDr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Email: Ruth.McQuillan@ed.ac.uk
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