Introduction to Epidemiology

''Learn to use and explain the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology.''

This course provides insight in the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology. The course starts with the history and design of epidemiological research, and the different measures of frequency and association. Also, the principles of bias and confounding are addressed.

Suitable for: 
Anyone participating in a medical education or working in healthcare.
Entry requirements: 

An academic (university) level of thinking and sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing.

Start date(s): 
1 February 2021
Time investment: 
Three weeks for 14 hours a week.
Provider: 
Faculty of Medicine
Fee:  This fee is exempt from VAT
€385
Extra information: 

This Introduction to Epidemiology course includes a closed-book exam that consists of multiple-choice and essay questions, which is the only part of the course that is not online.

Introduction to Epidemiology will provide you with insights into the basic terminology and principles of epidemiology. These range from the history and design of epidemiological research to the different measures of frequency and association. We will also address the principles of bias and confounding, thereby enabling you to familiarize yourself with all the key epidemiological concepts.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Use and explain the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology
  • State important historical developments in health sciences in general, and epidemiology in particular
  • Distinguish between, and apply, the different measures of frequency, association and impact that are commonly used in epidemiological research
  • Calculate these measures using simple numerical examples
  • Tell apart and explain the different aspects of epidemiological research (causal and descriptive).
  • Tell apart and state the (dis)advantages of the different study designs used in epidemiological research: cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies.
  • Read and interpret (simple) epidemiological scientific papers, and recognize in these papers which study design was used
  • Apply the correct measures of frequency and association belonging to the different epidemiological study designs