INTHE4017 – Quantitative Methodology

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Course content

This is a introduction course in epidemiological and statistical principals and planning of epidemiological projects. Participants learn how to plan and implement a research project. The course covers general aspects of research and some specific knowledge needed for the application of statistical and epidemiological methods in research. 

Learning outcome


You will learn basic statistical concepts, the main principles for the planning and carrying out of epidemiological research, and analysis of data generated in such research. You will learn the most central epidemiological study designs and how to select a study sample. Furthermore, you will learn central concepts regarding measurements and statistical analysis, mechanisms for systematic bias in different research projects, and finally you will learn central epidemiological measures for disease frequency, risk and association.


You will learn to participate in the planning and carrying out of epidemiological research and analyze data generated in such research. You will learn to define and justify the aim of and epidemiological study, make and justify choices of study design, samples, measures and data analysis methods. You will also learn to assess strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological research project, and critically read and evaluate epidemiological literature.

General competence

You will attain epidemiological knowledge that renders you a valuable partner for planning and carrying out of epidemiological research and make you able to read and critically evaluate epidemiological literature.


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This course is not available for single course students.

Overlapping courses

4 credits overlap with INTHE4004 – Research Methodology, part 1 (discontinued)


Home examination


The Board at the University of Oslo has decided to introduce detailed guidelines for all examinations, which take place at the University. The description of the grading should be clear and transparent. This is done to ensure alignment between learning outcomes, assignments, and grading. The Faculty of Medicine has developed a web page with information regarding exams and the grading procedures (norwegian version).

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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