Postgraduate course


  • ECTS credits6
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINTH302
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study




Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

Centre for International Health

Objectives and Content


This course provides an introduction to epidemiology


The course includes the following main themes:

  • Measures of disease occurrence and associations between exposure and disease
  • Epidemiologic study designs
  • Evaluation and interpretation of results from epidemiological studies.
  • Bias. Confounding
  • Planning an epidemiologic study
  • Infectious epidemiology

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student is able to:

  • describe basic epidemiological concepts and epidemiological study designs
  • discuss how bias and confounding may influence research results
  • discuss causality in epidemiological studies


The student is able to:

  • plan an epidemiologic study, under supervision
  • measure disease occurrence
  • measure risk associations
  • recognize how confounders are accounted for in analysis
  • justify and explain choices of different epidemiological research designs

General competence

  • The student is able to critically evaluate and interpret results from epidemiological research presented in scientific and popular media

Required Previous Knowledge

Proficiency in English at a level corresponding to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or IELTS band 6.0 is expected.

Access to the Course

Students enrolled in the master programme in Global Health, students enrolled in similar programmes at UiB or other partner universities.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Each day has a mixture of lectures and practical sessions, with group work or individual work on specific assignments and the use of the computer laboratory for practical examples. The lectures are interactive, and course participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss during all sessions. Scientific papers will be handed out for reading, group work and presentations/discussions in plenary together with the course facilitators/lecturers.

Total student investment time: 135 hours

15 hours pre-course preparation:

40 hours interactive lectures

40 hours for individual and group assignments (26 hours supervised)

40 hours individual reading

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Active participation in group work.

Forms of Assessment

4-hour written exam consisting of short questions, problem-solving questions and calculations.

Students who receive the grade "F" are allowed to re-sit according to standard procedures at the University of Bergen.

Examination Support Material

Dictionary, calculator (not on cell phone)

Grading Scale

ECTS credits A-F (F = fail)

Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list will be made available by 1 June on Mitt UiB.

Course Evaluation

Students evaluate the teaching according to the quality assessment requirements of the University of Bergen. The evaluation method is anonymous and through an online electronic form or a paper form.

Programme Committee

The program committee for Global Health

Course Coordinator

Professor Cecilie Svanes

Course Administrator

The Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care


Contact Information

Centre for International Health

E-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Tel: 55 58 85 69 / 70