Course C296/01 Applying clinical epidemiological methods and Danish databases to study chronic disease

ECTS: 4.7

Course leader: Christian Fynbo Christiansen

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Max seats: 24

Applicants: 25

Status: Course is finished

Application deadline: 28/09/2020

Start date: 26/10/2020

Administrator: Annette Poulsen

Applying clinical epidemiological methods and Danish databases to study chronic disease C296/01

is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, fall 2020

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Participants must bring their own computer to the course.

Recommended knowledge for participation: Basics of epidemiology or clinical epidemiology (introductory level). Knowledge related to the chronic disease topic of interest; For example, oncology/cancer research knowledge for those working in cancer; cardiometabolic disease knowledge for those working in this field, etc. Some knowledge of statistics and a computer with Stata or R.

Aim: To provide students with an overview on how to take a research idea through to implementing, analysing, and interpreting an epidemiologic study, using Denmark’s unique network of medical and population-based registries. Each concept will be introduced in a lecture. Through a combination of exercises and computer labs, students will be provided with guidance on implementing, analysing and interpreting studies using data on important chronic diseases from the Danish databases and registries. Students are not required to complete an exam at the end of the course.

This course is relevant to those working with clinical and epidemiological studies of any chronic disease. There will be an introduction to the basic and advanced observational methodology toolbox within clinical outcome studies. We will present methods applied to the study of chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes/obesity, kidney disease, and bone disease, among others. Methods will include traditional epidemiological study designs for a single chronic disease, but also novel approaches to study treatment, multi morbidity, and chronic disease in a life-course perspective.

Learning outcomes: The course includes lectures, exercises and computer labs on the following:

  1. Identify and design a clinical epidemiologic research study using the Danish databases and registries – comparing and contrasting study designs in order to suitably address a research question
  2. Identifying and ascertaining data from the Danish databases and registries
  3. Assessing study validity and implementing validity checks
  4. Data analysis including data cleaning and implementing survival analysis using Stata
  5. Evaluating study findings, interpreting and reporting study findings

Language: English

ECTS: 4,7

Head of course: Christian F. Christiansen, M.D., PhD., Deirdre Cronin Fenton, Ph.D., Mette Nørgaard, M.D., Ph.D., Reimar W. Thomsen, M.D., Ph.D.

Instructors: KEA staff and collaborators

Number of participants: 24

Time and date: 26 – 30 October 2020 from 8:30 – 16:00

Venue: Det Blå Auditorium, The Victor Albeck Building, Vennelyst Blvd. 2-4, 8000 Aarhus

Course fee: DKK 5640

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

Application deadline: 28 September 2020