Objectives and Content
Epidemiology is the study of the distributions and determinants of health related status and disease in populations. It constitutes a basic science for public health and biomedical sciences, and uses observations, surveillance and experiments to test hypotheses and assess causal relationships. The ultimate goal of epidemiology is to prevent disease and to promote health.
After completing the course, the student knows about:
- basic epidemiological methods
- basic methods relevant for prevention and health promotion care
After completing the course, the student is able to
- discuss the most important study designs and their strengths and weaknesses
- understand measures of occurrence (incidence, prevalence), associations, effect modification/interaction and principles of screening
- assess possible sources of errors and causality in published studies
- use their knowledge to plan and execute studies
After completing the course, the student is able to:
- hold the theoretical knowledge necessary to independently assess published studies related to medical causal research
- critically reflect over scientific literature and participate in discussions
Required Previous Knowledge
Passed course in medical statistics (MEDSTA / HELSTA or equivalent).
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
MED5 - 2 ECTS credits
Access to the Course
Master Programme in Pharmacy or one of the two-year master programmes at The Faculty of Medicine
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Lectures and group work/discussions
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Supervised group work
Individual test (Mitt UiB).
Forms of Assessment
Group exam (ca. 5 students pr group).
Scientific papers will be handed out to the students during the course.
Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
Type of assessment: Approved assignment
- Withdrawal deadline