Short course

Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the fundamental principles in statistics and the primary methods employed to identify and measure disease and associated risks. Students will be able to interpret appropriate epidemiological study designs to address population health questions.

Start date
2 October - 6 October 2023 and 16 October - 20 October 2023
10 days
Home - £1130 International - £2960
Postgraduate Microcredential
20 credits

Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods
This short course provides an introduction to the basic concepts in statistics and the main epidemiological methods used to identify and quantify disease and associated risks. Statistical subjects will include: types of data and data presentation, descriptive statistics, basic probability, distribution theory including the normal distribution and its properties, sampling theory, principles and techniques, inferential statistics, analysis of categorical and continuous data, non-parametric tests, correlation and regression, and survival analysis. You will be introduced to descriptive epidemiology, measures and comparisons of disease frequency, ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, prevalence studies, case-control studies, principles of screening, study design and questionnaires and qualitative research methods.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this short course, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main techniques used to investigate the epidemiology of the important causes of death and ill health
2. Identify, interpret and discuss appropriate epidemiological study designs to address population health questions
3. Interpret and discuss the importance of epidemiological and statistical information that they have collected themselves, or has been presented by others

20 credits

Attendance Required
Two block weeks of teaching

Monday 2nd October - Friday 6th October 2023 and Monday 16th October - 20th October 2023.

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