MF9230 – Course on clinical, epidemiological and public health research

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Course content

This is a course in epidemiological methods for clinical and public health research. Participants learn how to plan and implement a research project. The course covers general aspects of research as well as specific knowledge needed for the application of epidemiological methods in clinical and public health research. 

Learning outcome

After the course, participants will:

  • Understand the main principles for the planning and carrying out of epidemiological research in clinical and public health contexts, and for the analysis of data generated in such research
  • Understand how to define and justify the aim of an epidemiological study
  • Have knowledge about the most central epidemiological study designs and how to select a study sample.
  • Have knowledge about central concepts regarding measurements and data analysis
  • Have knowledge about and understanding of the mechanisms for systematic bias in different research projects
  • Have knowledge about central epidemiological measures for diseases frequency and risk
  • Have knowledge of measures of association
  • Have knowledge about how to critically assess research papers


Skills objectives
After the course, participants will:

  • Be able to participate in the planning and carrying out of epidemiological research in clinical and public health contexts and analyse data generated in such research
  • Be able to define and justify the aim of an epidemiological study
  • Be able to make and justify choices of study designs, samples, measures and data analysis methods. 
  • Be able to assess strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological research projects
  • Be able to estimate risk and associations from epidemiological data   
  • Be able to read and critically evaluate epidemiological literature

Overreaching objectives
Students have gained epidemiological knowledge that renders them valuable partners in the planning and carrying out of epidemiological research in clinical and public health contexts. Students are able to read and critically evaluate epidemiological literature including assessment of research methods, results and the validity of conclusions. 
 

Admission

PhD candidates at UiO will have first priority at admission to the course. Maximum number of particpants is 40.

PhD candidates admitted to a PhD programme at UiO apply in StudentWeb

Applicants who are not admitted to a PhD programme at UiO must apply for a right to study in SøknadsWeb before they can apply for PhD courses in medicine and health sciences. External applicants should apply for a right to study 3 weeks before the course application deadline. 

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Teaching

The course entails full-day classwork for a period of 6 days (3+3 days) and includes lectures and group exercises.

It is recommended that participants read the course literature after the first course period. There will also be a home assignment between the two course periods.

You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.

Examination

The home assignment between the two course periods is to write a short protocol for a hypothetical research project.

A take-home exam will be given at the end of the course.

 

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

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

Facts about this course

Credits

5

Level

PhD

Teaching

Spring and autumn

Course registration

How to apply

Registration type

Application - answer to course application

 

Spring 2020

Course 1:

13.1.-15.1. and 29.1.- 31.1.

Application period

1.12.2019 - 5.1.2020

Teaching lanugage

Norwegian

 

Course 2:

30.3.- 1.4. and 22.4.- 24.4.

Application period

1.12.2019 - 1.3.2020

Teaching language

English

 

Examination

Spring and autumn