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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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TERKAN13 Epidemiologic Research Methods 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Person in charge
Professor Pekka Nuorti, Professor Anssi Auvinen
Preceding studies
For international MHS students: HEAAC03 Basic epidemiology. For students of Terveystieteiden tutkinto-ohjelma: TERKANP4 and TERKANA1 or HEAAC03.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Health Sciences
Curricula 2011 – 2012


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

General description

The course introduces the main research methods used in epidemiology and is a follow-up course for HEAAC03 Basic Epidemiology.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student will
- be familiar with the principles of selecting an appropriate study design to assess occurrence and etiology of public health problems
- be cognizant of the concepts underlying use of cohort, case-control and clinical trial designs
- understand the strengths and limitations of major epidemiologic study designs
- be able to identify sources of bias in epidemiologic studies and be familiar with methods to minimize such biases.
- be able to critically review existing epidemiologic literature and interpret the results of a particular study after considering potential sources of errors, including bias and confounding.
- be able to consider the limitations of a particular study in the context of other research in the field
- be able to write a structured research plan


Epidemiologic concepts, epidemiologic study designs, assessment of sources of error and causal relations will be covered at more advanced level compared with courses “KATEA001 Epidemiologian perusteet” and “HEAAC03 Basic epidemiology”. This course also includes practical exercises.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

Participation in lectures, practicals and writing a research plan for a proposed epidemiologic study.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Lectures, practicals, homework assignments, course readings.

Teaching language


Lectures are in English, practicals may be offered in both English and Finnish.

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

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
The research plan will be assessed on scale 1-5, based on the public health importance of the topic, background and rationale for the proposed study, clarity in the formulation of the study question, appropriateness of the methods and selected study design, feasibility of conducting the study, and overall clarity of the research plan.

Study materials

Announced in the Teaching schedule.

Further information

The course is organized every other year.

Belongs to following study modules

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Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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