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PU5538: EPIDEMIOLOGY (2023-2024)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2023 08:46


Course Overview

This course in applied epidemiology gives an introduction to disease measurement at a population level, basic epidemiological study design and analysis, and provides an understanding of key methodological issues needed to apply when designing – or critically appraising – an epidemiological study.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Samuel Bennett
  • Dr Kay Penny

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Teaching and learning for this course will involve a combination of preparatory work for class, podcast lectures, in-class workshops, self-study and revision, a group assignment, and tutorials (self-directed). You will receive approximately 30 hours of pre-work activities and 10 hours of face-to-face synchronous sessions which will provide you with the theoretical background for each topic and opportunity to engage with and apply epidemiological concepts. Typically you are expected to spend around a further 60 hours in private study and 50 hours preparing for assessments.


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Critical Appraisal

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyConsider the assessment of cause and effect and the use of epidemiological research in decision making.
ConceptualApplyIdentify, define and contextualise basic epidemiological terminology.
ConceptualEvaluateInterpret results from epidemiological studies, recognising the strengths and limitations of different observational study designs.
ConceptualEvaluateAnalyse screening data and evaluate the strengths and limitations of screening programmes.
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand the concepts of chance, bias, confounding, validity and reliability when critically appraising epidemiological finding.
ConceptualUnderstandDistinguish between observational study designs and understand the appropriate circumstances in which to use each design.
FactualAnalyseCalculate and interpret basic epidemiological measures e.g. odds ratios, relative risk etc.

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyIdentify, define and contextualise basic epidemiological terminology.
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand the concepts of chance, bias, confounding, validity and reliability when critically appraising epidemiological finding.
ConceptualEvaluateInterpret results from epidemiological studies, recognising the strengths and limitations of different observational study designs.
ConceptualEvaluateAnalyse screening data and evaluate the strengths and limitations of screening programmes.
ConceptualUnderstandDistinguish between observational study designs and understand the appropriate circumstances in which to use each design.
FactualAnalyseCalculate and interpret basic epidemiological measures e.g. odds ratios, relative risk etc.

Quizzes

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyIdentify, define and contextualise basic epidemiological terminology.
ConceptualEvaluateAnalyse screening data and evaluate the strengths and limitations of screening programmes.
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand the concepts of chance, bias, confounding, validity and reliability when critically appraising epidemiological finding.
ConceptualEvaluateInterpret results from epidemiological studies, recognising the strengths and limitations of different observational study designs.
ConceptualUnderstandDistinguish between observational study designs and understand the appropriate circumstances in which to use each design.
FactualAnalyseCalculate and interpret basic epidemiological measures e.g. odds ratios, relative risk etc.

Group Data Identification Project

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyIdentify, define and contextualise basic epidemiological terminology.
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand the concepts of chance, bias, confounding, validity and reliability when critically appraising epidemiological finding.
ConceptualUnderstandDistinguish between observational study designs and understand the appropriate circumstances in which to use each design.
FactualAnalyseCalculate and interpret basic epidemiological measures e.g. odds ratios, relative risk etc.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualAnalyseCalculate and interpret basic epidemiological measures e.g. odds ratios, relative risk etc.
ConceptualUnderstandDistinguish between observational study designs and understand the appropriate circumstances in which to use each design.
ConceptualEvaluateAnalyse screening data and evaluate the strengths and limitations of screening programmes.
ConceptualApplyIdentify, define and contextualise basic epidemiological terminology.
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand the concepts of chance, bias, confounding, validity and reliability when critically appraising epidemiological finding.
ConceptualEvaluateInterpret results from epidemiological studies, recognising the strengths and limitations of different observational study designs.
ConceptualApplyConsider the assessment of cause and effect and the use of epidemiological research in decision making.

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