HEL-3060 Epidemiology II - 10 stp
The course aims to increase the understanding of the importance of systematic errors in epidemiological studies and improve the interpretation of such errors in published figures.
Priority will be given to show and assess the different types of bias in different designs.
Bias is related to the selection of study populations or participants and to the collection of information from either questionnaires or biochemical analyses.
Additionally aspects of validity and reliability will be incorporated as will also research ethics and quality control.
Unified this should lead to a better interpretation of postulated causal relationships.
Objective of the course
The course gives a broad conceptual introduction to epidemiological thinking and a further elaboration and application of the epidemiological tools.
Knowledge and understanding:
- be familiar with content, aims and the application of commonly used epidemiological concepts and methods
- be familiar with sources of error in epidemiological research and how
errors can be eliminated / minimalized
- understand of ethical challenges in epidemiological research
Skills and competence:
- apply epidemiological concepts and methods
- master methods for preventing /minimalizing errors in epidemiological research
- identify / discuss ethical problems in epidemiological studies
- read and critically interpret results from epidemiological studies
- plan and perform an epidemiological study
- communicate epidemiological findings and problems to other researchers and to the society
- ability to continue learning and professional development
There will be three on-campus sessions, each of three days. The course has multiple teaching approaches (lectures, seminars, work-shops and presentations), and active use of the Learning Management System ClassFronter is mandatory. Attendance to lectures and seminars is mandatory.
Attendance is mandatory.
Two home assignments (one after each session on campus) must be passed before the final exam.
The assignments consist of questions to be answered individually.
The answer shall be submitted in Fronter after two weeks and the extent should be 1500-2000 words.
The assignments will be graded as passed or failed and the students will get a written feed-back from the teacher.
Language of instruction is English.
Note, however, that all the obligatory assignments can be submitted in either English or any of the Scandinavian languages.
There will be an individual home-based written exam.
The exam comprises a number of different tasks to be solved and the answer submitted in Fronter within 10 days.
The extent of the written answer could be 6-7 A4-pages (2200-2800 words).
The answers to the exam can be submitted in either English or any of the Scandinavian languages.
Grading scale: A-E equals passed, F equals failed.
For failed students a re-sit examination will be arranged for this 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
The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.
Lectures Autumn 2012
Timetable has been published
stip. Anita Iversen
F.aman. Anne Elise Eggen
Karina Standahl Olsen