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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences : Global Health

Postgraduate Course: Epidemiology for Health Professionals (GLHE11016)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description The course will concentrate on the following areas:
- measures of disease frequency
- basic statistical concepts used in epidemiology
- practical application of statistical methods in epidemiology
- the uses, advantages and disadvantages of different epidemiological study designs
- sources of error in epidemiological studies
- critical appraisal skills for epidemiology
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 03/08/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the overall course mark. An online assessment using multiple-choice questions will constitute 40% of the overall course mark. There is also a formative assessment of learning half-way through the course.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
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;
- demonstrate an ability to undertake simple calculations and analyses using a statistical software package
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by online distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
Keywordsglobal health,epidemiology
Course organiserDr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Course secretaryMs Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 4152
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