Introduction to Epidemiology

Introduction to Epidemiology

11 weeks
January - March
Thursdays - Lectures 10.00-12.00, Seminars 1.00-2.30 p.m. 

What is it about?

Epidemiology is a collection of methods for describing and understanding the health and health-determinants of a population. It is therefore one of the fundamental elements of Public Health. The aim of the course is to give students the knowledge and understanding needed to allow them to interpret information on health and determinants of health. The strengths and limitations of the most common epidemiological methods are described, together with a consideration of how bias and confounding can result in misleading findings.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for anyone interested in developing the skills of a public health professional, irrespective of their previous professional experience. No specialist medical knowledge is assumed although students with no background in health care or biological sciences may need to refer to a medical dictionary from time to time to ensure that they have sufficient understanding of the major causes of illness and death.

Why should you undertake it?

The Introduction to course should give students the skills to critically appraise and therefore better appreciate health information presented in the media, policy documents and research papers.