Introductory Course in Epidemiology & Medical Statistics

Overview - Introductory Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

Epidemiological research is an important tool to assess health effects in populations and can be used to optimise disease surveillance, facilitate outbreak investigation and provide vital evidence for the evaluation of changes in health policy. This is a three week in-person course which will take students through from the basic principles of epidemiology up to the application of statistical methods, such as linear regression using Stata software.  

Over the three weeks students will learn about the design and interpretation of epidemiological studies and the statistical methods that underpin many of the founding principles. The content is that which is taught to MSc students at the School (i.e. Basic Epidemiology and Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health). This course is intended to be an introduction to epidemiology and medical statistics and at the end of the three weeks students will understand the common pitfalls associated with study design, be able to choose the most appropriate analytical methods to verify stated hypotheses and feel confident to undertake basic statistical analysis using Stata software. 

This course has been running since the 1980’s and includes lectures from many prominent professors from the School with long term practice in epidemiology and/or medical statistics in high, middle and low income countries. It has a large and varied group of alumni, with many attendees joining on the recommendation of previous participants. 

The School houses a large academic group of epidemiologists, statisticians and demographers, and promotes an inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and research. The course will be taught by staff who have teaching and research experience extending across the major diseases of developed and developing countries. 

Comprehensive information is given to participants but the following books are recommended for those interested in further reading:

  • Webb P and Bain C. Essential Epidemiology: An introduction for Students and Health Professionals.  Cambridge University Press. 2011.
  • Bailey L, Vardulaki K, Langham J and Chandramohan D, Introduction to Epidemiology, Open University Press, 2005 (Understanding Public Health, Series editors: Nick Black and Rosalind Raine)
  • Essentials of Medical Statistics (2nd Edition); B Kirkwood (Blackwell Publishing, 2003)

Teaching methods

This is a three week in-person course with lectures followed by small group practicals and Q&A sessions. The sessions take place Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm. A more detailed timetable will be available at the start of the course

Who should apply?

The course is relevant to clinicians and other graduates who work in medical research units, academic departments or health services. No previous formal training in epidemiology or statistics is required. Those who are confident in these methods may prefer to consider the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis in September. Both courses are intensive and a good command of the English language is essential.

Methods of assessment

There will be no formal examination, but a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those completing the course.

Course fee

The course fee includes all teaching and practical materials (in electronic format) and access to relevant statistical programmes for the duration of the course.

How to apply
How to apply - Introductory Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

Applying for this course

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