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Archived Curricula Guide 2015–2017
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HEAAC03 Basic Epidemiology 5 ECTS
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Master's Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Person in charge
Announced in the Teaching schedule.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Health Sciences
Curricula 2012 – 2015
HEAAC03 Basic epidemiology 5 ECTS


Strategic themes: Internationalisation, Responsible conduct of research

General description

The course is an introduction to the scope of epidemiology and its basic concepts and methods

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student will
- understand the basic concepts, principles and methods of epidemiologic research
- be able to assess population health and associated factors by calculating and interpreting various measures of occurrence and associations
- recognize and be able to describe the main epidemiologic study designs (cross-sectional, cohort, case-control and clinical trial approaches)
- understand the principles of critical evaluation of epidemiologic studies, including assessing the possibility of bias, confounding and other limitations in a study.


Introduction to the scope of epidemiology and its basic concepts and methods: measures of occurrence and associations, defining exposures and outcomes, validity of measurements, systematic error, random error, confounding, descriptive and analytic epidemiologic study designs, causality.

Teaching methods

Classroom work max 38h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Participation in lectures and practicals, written exam.
Advance preparation required for practicals. The exam is based on lectures, practicals and literature

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
practicals pass/fail, written exam numeric 1-5, fail

Study materials

Announced in the teaching schedule

Further information

Organized every second year, odd years, fall term (välivuosina vastaava jakso, TERKANA1 Epidemiologian perusteet, suomeksi). Minimum number of students for the course to be organized: 8. Maximum number of students: 40. Students, to whom this course is obligatory, will be given priority. In addition, there is a quota of 5 for open university students.

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