autumn 2012

HEL-3006 Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics - 10 stp


Last changed: 16.11.2012

The course is administrated by

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences
Type of course

Type of course

This course is open to course students as well as programme students.
Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Basic medical statistics (HEL-1002 or equivalent) Admission criteria: The same as for the Master's programme in Public Health. See the programme page. Application Code: 9371
Course contents

Course contents

The epidemiological syllabus will provide an introduction to, and practice of the use of epidemiological concepts, epidemiological/clinical study designs, and practice in how to read medical literature in a critical manner.

Statistics will include an introduction to the commonly used analytic methods in medical literature including multi-variable analyses, and sample size calculations.

Objective of the course

Objective of the course

Knowledge:

The student should be able to:

- define central concepts in epidemiology, including demographic concepts

- explain the pros and cons of different study designs

- explain and calculate sample sizes (study power)

Skills and competences:

The student should be able to:

- apply central concepts in epidemiology, including demographic concepts

- identify the study design used in scientific medical papers

- select the correct type of epidemiological and statistical data analyses for a given data set

- with the help of the statistical programme package SPSS perform statistical analyses, including regression analysis, multiple regression analysis, logistic regression and survival analysis

- interpret the results from the above mentioned analyses

Language of instruction

Language of instruction

English
Teaching methods

Teaching methods

There will be three gatherings lasting 3-5 days each. The course includes lectures, exercises and group work, and active use of Fronter is mandatory. Attendance to lectures and seminars is mandatory. The lectures are given in English.
Assessment

Assessment

The students have to pass two written assignments (up to 3 500 words) before they are allowed to take the exam.

The assignments are individual exercises, and will be handed out between the first and second session on campus, and between the second and third session.

The students will have two weeks for working with the assignments, which will be graded as approved or not approved.

Assignments to be handed in on Fronter.

The final exam consists of a six hours written university based exam.

The assignments and exam can be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

For the exam - Grading scale: A-E equals passed, F equals failed.

There will be a re-examination if a student fails the course.

Students with valid absence from exam will be offered a re-scheduled examination.

See also examination regulations: http://uit.no/students/studies?p_document_id=172032

Date for examination

Date for examination

Written 23.11.2012

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Schedule

Schedule


Recommended reading/syllabus

Recommended reading/syllabus

- MJ Campbell: Statistics at square two. 2nd edition, 2006 (BMJ), chapters 1-4 - JF Jekel, DL Katz, JG Elmore, DMG Wild: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine. 3rd edition, 2007 (WB Saunders), chapters 1-6 - Lecture notes (available on Fronter)
Lectures Autumn 2012
First lecture is Sept 3rd 0915Timetable has been published.
Forelesning Prof. II Dag Hofoss
Guri Skeie
Parajuli Ranjan
Gruppearbeid f.aman. Tonje Bjørndal Braaten
Prof. II Dag Hofoss
Guri Skeie
stip. Toril Anne Bakken
Parajuli Ranjan
Seminar Prof. II Dag Hofoss
Guri Skeie
Parajuli Ranjan


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