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HEAAC03 Basic epidemiology 5 ECTS
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Master's Degree Programme in Health Sciences
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Announced in the Teaching schedule.

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 the main descriptive and analytic epidemiologic study designs (cross-sectional, cohort, case-control and clinical trial approaches)
- be able to critically evaluate epidemiologic literature, 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 and descriptive and analytic epidemiologic study designs, causality. This course is required for all international MHS students and is pre-requisite for Epidemiologic research methods (KATES034).

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

Teaching language


Modes of study

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


Numeric 1-5.

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School of Health Sciences
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