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Postgraduate course


  • ECTS credits2
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMEDEPI
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

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Teaching semester


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.

Learning Outcomes


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

General skills:

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, or fully participated in lectures and group work in medical statistics (MEDSTA or equivalent).

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

MED6 - 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).

Grading Scale


Reading List

Scientific papers will be handed out to the students during the course.


Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care