INTHE4114 – Epidemiology in practice - Methodology, examples and tools

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Course content

This course will focus on analyses and interpretation of epidemiological data using data labs in combination with lectures. You will analyze datasets provided by the coordinator as a part of the course. The aim of the course is to obtain enhanced understanding of basic concepts in the field of epidemiology and practical skills in data analyses.

Learning outcome

You will learn the following by attending the course:


  • elaborate on how data can be analyzed with the use of epidemiological/statistical methods
  • elaborate on how research findings can be presented


  • formulate specific research questions
  • make an analyses plan
  • analyze data
  • present results in an appropriate format
  • summarize results in an abstract and in a presentation
  • use acquired skills to interpret and evaluate epidemiologic studies

General Competence

  • Evaluate epidemiological findings with respect to chosen aim, analyses, and presentation of results


Students enrolled at the M.Phil in International Community Health programme will get first priority to the courses. The deadline for register in Studentweb and apply for courses is February 1.

Students enrolled in other Master's degree programmes at the UIO can, on application to, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

External applicants, not already enrolled as a student at UIO, are welcome to apply. Please email if you want admission to this course. You will have to provide the following documentation:

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • A language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.
  • The applicants must have a specialization either within health sciences or social sciences.

Note: all documents must be official certified copies

Read more about admission for international applicants


Recommended previous knowledge

It is clearly recommend that you have some basic knowledge in statistics, like INTHE4017 or similar.


Lectures, data-lab and seminars. You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance at lectures will be registered.

The detailed schedule will be uploaded in Canvas.


Group presentation at the end of the week.

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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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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