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PU5030: EPIDEMIOLOGY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 25 Oct 2021 14:00


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 First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Kathryn Martin

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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 19

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Learning Outcomes
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Quizzes

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Data indentification

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Critical Appraisal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyApply concepts of chance, bias and confounding to critically appraising epidemiological studies
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs
ConceptualApplyApply appropriate study designs to answer different research questions
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate causality and association in epidemiological data
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate reliability within and between observers in epidemiological studies
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate the role of chance in epidemiological studies
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse screening data to calculate sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value
ConceptualAnalyseCalculate and analyse epidemiological measures of association (relative risk, odds ratios, hazards ratios)
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse epidemiological data to calculate relative and absolute risk
ConceptualApplyApply concepts of internal and external validity to critically appraise epidemiological studies
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate the strengths and limitations of screening programmes

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