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Postgraduate Course: Intermediate Epidemiology (PUHR11067)

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 AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe purpose of this course is to further develop the methodologic concepts underlying the science of epidemiology.
Course description The purpose of this course is for students to further develop their critical appraisal skills, understanding and critical application of methodological concepts underlying the science of epidemiology.

The material covered is intended to broaden and extend the student's understanding of the elements of study design, data analysis, and inference in epidemiologic research, including issues related to causation, bias, confounding, effect modification, regression dilution bias, random and systematic errors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Marks and individual feedback will be returned to students via Grademark.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically understand epidemiological concepts such as causality, effect modification and random and systematic errors, within the context of specific health problems
  2. Apply these epidemiological concepts, as above, to the investigation of population health
  3. Further develop critical appraisal skills through the evaluation of epidemiological information and understand in the context of epidemiology the principles of effective communication to varied professional and lay audiences
  4. Demonstrate critical reflection on their own application of epidemiological principles or concepts
Reading List
Individual reading lists will be provided with each lecture.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills As a result of studying this course the following generic and transferable skills are expected to be developed:

1) Generic cognitive skills
Students will learn to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in epidemiology. Students will learn to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in relation to epidemiology. Students will also learn to deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.

2) Communication, numeracy and IT skills
Students will learn to communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists in the duration of the course through the tutorials, group work and online assessment. Students will be encouraged to use a wide range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level and adjust features to suit purpose. Students will undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data through the tutorials and online assessment.

3) Autonomy, accountability and working with others
Students will be encouraged to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities. Students will take responsibility for own work and/or significant responsibility for the work of others through the group work.
Keywordsepidemiology,applied epidemiology,study design,data analysis,inference,causation,bias
Course organiserDr Caroline Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7872
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Courage
Tel: (0131 6)51 7111
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