Course dates: 16 - 19 September 2019
The course is designed for students with a basic grounding in epidemiological methods and concepts and/or some prior knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology. During this course students will:
- Develop their knowledge of pharmacoepidemiological concepts and methods, with a particular focus on database studies.
- Gain practical experience of testing study feasibility and performing analyses in STATA, using primary care data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) (prior experience of STATA not required).
- Gain an understanding of biases and other sources of error that can occur in pharmacoepidemiology studies, and strategies to avoid them.
Who should apply?
Personnel concerned with the safe use of medicines, particularly in developed countries, especially those working in:
- The pharmaceutical industry who are involved in drug development, licensing or surveillance
- Regulatory bodies who are involved in licensing & surveillance
- Academics interested in evaluating the effects of drugs
- The health service who are involved in drug policy/decision making
Applicants will normally have a science, biomedical or biostatistical background, hold a second class honours degree of a United Kingdom university (or equivalent) in a science, medical, statistical or related subject and will have some post-graduate experience in the area of pharamacoepidemiology, including an understanding of methodological concepts such as bias and confounding. It is not expected that applicants will actually be conducting pharmacoepidemiology studies.
Up to 30 participants will be accepted.
The course was approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 20 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s) in 2018 and we expect the same approval for 2019.
The fee for 2019 is £1,350.00.
- Overview of study designs for pharmacoepidemiology
- Measurements in pharamacoepidemiology - including outcomes, exposures, co-variates and issues of validation
- The practicalities of study design and subsequent feasibility testing
- Overview of data resources for pharmacoepidemiology & factors covering the choice of database
- Overview of methods for handling bias and confounding - including matching, regression models and propensity scores
- The practicalities of data analysis using data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
- Overview of clinical trials in pharmacoepidemiology, including real world randomisation
- Use of registries in pharmacoepidemiology
- Meta-analysis - overview and practical application
- Overview of methods for dealing with missing data in pharmacoepidemiology studies
- Appraisal of published pharmacoepidemiology papers
The course will be delivered in the form of lectures, focused discussions and tutor-led computer practical classes.
Professor Neil Pearce (LSHTM)
Professor Tjeerd van Staa (University of Manchester)
Dr Susana Perez Gutthann (RTI Health Solutions)
Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran (LSHTM)
Dr Ian Douglas (LSHTM)
Professor Liam Smeeth (LSHTM)
Dr James Galloway (Kings College London)
Dr Ruth Farmer (LSHTM)
Dr Harriet Forbes (LSHTM)
Dr John Gregson (LSHTM)
Dr Kevin Wing (LSHTM)
Helen Strongman (LSHTM)
Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) research staff
The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team can provide supporting documentation if requested.
Accommodation and meals
A list of hotels located in the vicinity of LSHTM, along with further resources for short term accommodation, can be found on our accommodation pages. Lunch and a drink and snack for both coffee breaks will be provided. Evening meals are not catered for at LSHTM, however there is a large choice of restaurants, cafés and shops nearby.
- If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport/UK photo driving license) and without having obtained the correct visa if required.
- It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
- LSHTM may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient. In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
- LSHTM cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.