A34591 Research Methods in Epidemiology with Basic Statistics
(Last Updated:30 August 2017)
Total Credits: 20
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Primarily postgraduate students in the School of Medicine. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Autumn ||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester |
Summary of Content:
This module considers the basic concepts of epidemiology and gives students the knowledge and skills to access, describe and interpret epidemiological data, including:
- the main research designs used in epidemiology
- the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of study and how the evidence obtained contributes to the assessment of causality.
- how to carry out critical appraisal of published papers
- the basic principles and application of statistics used in epidemiology
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture ||11 weeks||1 per week||4 hours |
|Test ||0 weeks||1 per week||4 hours |
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester
Further Activity Details:
12 weeks of lectures and practicals and two examinations, totalling 52 scheduled contact hours.
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1 ||50 ||One and a half hour paper on Basic Statistics |
|Exam 2 ||50 ||One and a half hour paper interpreting Epidemiological papers. All elements must be passed. No compensation between Statistics and Epidemiology halves |
Professor R Hubbard
To provide an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, relevant to public health and epidemiology..
To be able to explain basic epidemiological concepts
To understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative research and be able to describe the main features of qualitative research
To be able to explain the basic concepts of other methodologies used in epidemiology, including standardization, screening and meta-analysis
- To be able to describe the main features of the different study designs used in epidemiology, and be able to identify and explain the strengths and limitations of each of the designs
- For the basic statistical methods used in epidemiology research, be able to carry out the appropriate analyses and interpret the resulting output
Knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills. Students must be able to demonstrate:
- a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the core disciplines of research design, epidemiological concepts and basic statistics.
Professional practical skills. Students will be expected to be able to
- Interpret and analyse epidemiological data using basic statistical methods, and analysis packages, such as STATA
- Design and critique epidemiological research and understand the strengths and limitations of the designs
Transferable (key) skills. All students will be expected to be able to
- Work effectively in a small group
- Communicate simple and complex ideas both orally and in writing
- Manage time efficiently throughout the course and prioritise tasks
- Be independent learners with the ability to evaluate and assess personal abilities
- Use electronic information systems to communicate, retrieve and analyse data
Offering School: Medicine
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