INTHE4023 – Advanced Module in Quantitative Methods

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Course content

The course provides in-depth knowledge and skills in the application of quantitative methodologies used in the study of health and health services and enable the students to develop protocols for their master degree dissertations.  Through lectures and seminars, students apply both theoretical and practical aspects of quantitative methods, designs, analyses and presentations.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain different quantitative study designs and how to apply them
  • Explain bias in epidemiological studies
  • Interpret power calculations for quantitative studies
  • Explain the use of Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)
  • Infer previous quantitative literatures for your thesis


After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct a literature review
  • Critically review quantitative research articles
  • Learn how to incorporate previous literature into your own research
  • Develop the quantitative research question for your master project
  • Develop the quantitative research design for your master project
  • Select the variables to be used in your master project
  • Use DAGs to identify potential bias in your own projects when planning your research
  • Choose statistical tests and epidemiologic measures appropriate for your own data
  • Calculate appropriate sample size in your own study both by hand, or by using online calculators and statistical programs
  • Obtain and use large (internet-based) data sets and registers

General competence

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of quantitative methodology in international health research and generating evidence to inform policy and programing


This course is only available for students at the following master programme:

International Community Health


The course consists of lectures and seminars. In the seminars, the students do exercises and assignments related to the course. 80% attendance in the seminars is required to be eligible to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Language of examination

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

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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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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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