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Postgraduate Course: Intermediate Epidemiology (PUHR11089)

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) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe purpose of this course is to continue to develop the concepts covered in the introduction to epidemiology course.
Course description This course provides students with the opportunity to broaden and extend their 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. Elements relating to health inequalities, communicable and non-communicable diseases, molecular and genetic epidemiology will also be covered.
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 Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework «br /»
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The workshops will provide formative assessments that do not contribute to the course mark and the summative assessment will be an assignment that includes components of critical appraisal and study design.
Feedback Students will receive oral and model answer feedback during formative assessments during workshops and written feedback via Learn after the summative assessment, with the opportunity for students who wish to receive extended feedback to meet the course organiser.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss intermediate level epidemiological concepts including the concepts of causality, effect modification, regression dilution bias, random and systematic errors, measurement of health inequalities.
  2. Apply the above concepts to a variety of topics, with awareness of their limitations.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of factors specific to infectious disease epidemiology
  4. Discuss the roles of molecular and genetic epidemiology in understanding disease aetiology and their use for targeted screening or treatment.
  5. Critically evaluate literature on intermediate level topics in epidemiology.
Reading List
Reading lists will be provided in the course handbook
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The following generic and transferable skills are expected to be developed during this course:
1) Generic cognitive skills
Students will learn to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to a variety of issues, or issues that are informed by 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 manage complex epidemiological 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, senior colleagues and specialists through the tutorials, group work and 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 range of numerical and graphical data through the tutorials and 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 in epidemiologic researc
Course organiserDr Sarah Wild
Tel: (0131 6)51 1630
Course secretaryMs Charlotte Munden
Tel: (0131 6)51 318
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