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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2016–2017
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology


I Periodi (29.8.2016 – 23.10.2016)
III Periodi (9.1.2017 – 5.3.2017)
IV Periodi (6.3.2017 – 28.5.2017)
Periodi (29.8.2016 - 23.10.2016)
Jatko-opinnot [I Periodi]

Vieraalla kielellä annettava opetus [I Periodi]

Content of the course: A journal club is a group of individuals who meet regularly to evaluate critically recent articles in scientific literature. Sir William Osler established the first formal journal club at McGill University in 1875, and the tradition has persisted over the years in universities and medical centers around the world.

The purpose of this course is to provide grounds to discuss publications relevant to epidemiology, which would enable participants to keep up with current literature, and enhance their critical appraisal skills in this rapidly evolving science. Participants will practice presentation of research articles in English with guidance of a faculty mentor, who will assist in selecting articles for upcoming meetings, and will lead the discussion of selected article(s). An open debate during and after each presentation will take place, which will enrich participants’ learning experience as well as improve their critical and communication skills. The course will also provide participants with broad overview of the application of epidemiologic methods in different fields of epidemiologic research, based on practical examples from published literature.

Contents: Selected journal articles focusing on epidemiology, or have used epidemiological methods.

Modes of study: A series of presentations given by students on recent journal articles.

Prerequisites: Doctoral studentship in public health or epidemiology.

Teaching methods: Seminars, group assignments and readings

Passing the course: Participation in seminars and course assignments.                     

Course directors:

Pekka Nuorti ( Pekka.nuorti@uta.fi

Anssi Auvinen (Anssi.auvinen@uta.fi)


Omar Okasha (omar.okasha@uta.fi)

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Pekka Nuorti, Teacher responsible
Omar Okasha, Teacher
4-Oct-2016 – 6-Jun-2017
Tue 6-Sep-2016 - 6-Jun-2017 monthly at 14-15.30, Arvo -building, A311
13-Dec-2016 at 9 –11 , Arvo -building, A311, Note! On December the seminar is on the second Tuesday of the month (13.12.2016, not 6.12.2016)
Periods: I II III IV
Language of instruction: English
Periodi (9.1.2017 - 5.3.2017)
Jatko-opinnot [III Periodi]

Vieraalla kielellä annettava opetus [III Periodi]

The course will provide basic understanding of gerontology, ageing and ageing research. In particular, the course addresses timely topic in gerontology and introduces different research methods, settings and projects.

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Kristina Tiainen, Teacher responsible
Kirsi Lumme-Sandt, Teacher
8-Feb-2017 – 22-Mar-2017
Wed 8-Feb-2017 - 22-Mar-2017 weekly at 9-11, B341, EI 1.3.2017!!
Independent work
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

8.2.2017 Prof. Marja Jylhä: Research on ageing: Approaches and methodology

15.2.2017 PhD student Jari Pirhonen: Autonomy of assisted living residents

22.2.2017 Doc. Kirsi Lumme-Sandt, prof. Clas-Håkan Nygård: Ageing and work

8.3.2017 Doc. Sari Stenholm: Health and functioning among old people

15.3.2016 Prof. Heli Valokivi, Univ. of Lapland: Care policy of old age                                               

22.3.2017  PhD Leena Forma: Health, economy and old people


Modes of study:

1 ECTS Lectures and learning diary

2 ECTS Lectures, learning diary and individual essey on one lecture topic

3 ECTS Lectures, learning diary and 2 individual esseys on lecture topics

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Kate Moore, Teacher responsible
17-Feb-2017 – 24-Feb-2017
Fri 17-Feb-2017 - 24-Feb-2017 weekly at 9-16, Arvo B342
Periods: III
Language of instruction: English
Periodi (6.3.2017 - 28.5.2017)
Jatko-opinnot [IV Periodi]

Vieraalla kielellä annettava opetus [IV Periodi]

Annual Meeting of doctoral students in health sciences is a chance to meet fellow students and teachers in an informal atmosphere. Getting to know each other and discussing about all kinds of aspect of doctoral studies is important part of the meeting. Lectures and group work will gain more knowledge of researcher’s skills. Topics vary every year. In AM 2017 topics are ‘ researcher’s social media CV’ and ‘ how to cope with anxieties caused by PhD work?’. 

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E-form By April 12. 2017.

Kirsi Lumme-Sandt, Teacher responsible
27-Apr-2017 – 28-Apr-2017
Thu 27-Apr-2017 at 8.00-17.00, Kultaranta resort, Naantali
Fri 28-Apr-2017 at 9.00-16.00, Kultaranta resort, Naantali
Group work
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English

The course comprises a wide range of themes related to different health care systems, their governance and management. The lectures will cover themes:

  • Organization of health care and multi-sectoral approach to health, options for health care financing and health care delivery

  • The relationship between transnational actors (the EU, OECD, WHO) and healthcare policy

  • Localisation of global policy ideas in the cotext of healthcare and health policy

  • Health care reforms

  • Healthcare policy trends and future challenges

  • Healthcare markets
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Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, Teacher responsible
Lauri Kokkinen, Teacher
Juho Saari, Teacher
Ilmo Keskimäki, Teacher
25-Apr-2017 – 26-Apr-2017
Tue 25-Apr-2017 at 9-16, B342
Wed 26-Apr-2017 at 9-16, B342
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English

This course introduces the essential methods for modeling and interpreting survival data or, more generally, time-to-event data. Survival models are widely used in clinical, epidemiological and a variety of health related fields. General statistical concepts and methods discussed in this course include survival and hazard functions, Kaplan-Meier graphs, log-rank and related tests, Cox proportional hazards model, and the extended Cox model for time-varying covariates. Special topics of multistate models and competing risks will also be briefly considered.

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Jaakko Nevalainen, Teacher responsible
8-May-2017 – 31-May-2017
Mon 8-May-2017 - 29-May-2017 weekly at 12-14, Arvo A308
Wed 10-May-2017 - 31-May-2017 weekly at 12-14, Arvo A308
Mon 8-May-2017 - 29-May-2017 weekly at 14-16, Arvo ML71
Wed 10-May-2017 - 24-May-2017 weekly at 14-16, Arvo ML71
Thu 1-Jun-2017 at 14-16, Arvo Ml71, Note! Last practise on Thursday June 1.
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

Basic knowledge of biostatistics, regression models and statistical software (R) is necessary to succeed on the course. If you have no prior experience with R, one option to fulfill that gap is to take the CAST online introductory course (https://www.uta.fi/cast/_admin/index.php/events/Ronline.html).