Course C155/25 Epidemiology I - Basic Principles of Epidemiology

ECTS: 2.8

Course leader: Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: ClinFO

Course fee: 3,360.00 DKK

Max seats: 24

Applicants: 51

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2021

Application deadline: 20/04/2021

Start date: 18/05/2021

Administrator: Annette Poulsen

Duplicate course

NB! This is a duplicate course. Please do not sign up for more than one course in ”Epidemiology I - Basic Principles of Epidemiology”. If you are available to participate in more than one of the duplicated courses, please indicate in your primary course registration (in the comment box) which course(s) you are also interested in. In case of a duplicate registration, please notice that a full course fee will be charged when reaching the application deadline on all courses.

Course changed to online

Due to Covid-19 this course has been changed to online teaching

Title: Epidemiology I - Basic Principles of Epidemiology C155/25

is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, spring 2021.

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).

Aim: To teach basic epidemiologic study designs, measures of occurrence and association and interpretation and inference. Please see teaching objectives for details.

Learning outcome:

  • The student should be able to define epidemiologic measures of occurrence and explain the difference between prevalence and incidence.
  • The student should be able to define the following epidemiologic measures of association; relative risk, risk ratio, odds ratio, and rate ratio, risk difference and excess risk, including attributable risk and population attributable risk.
  • The student should be able to define and describe strengths, weaknesses, and main applications of the designs; ecological, cross-sectional, follow up, case-control and intervention studies.
  • The student should be able to define selection bias, information bias and confounding and be aware that evaluating the direction and strength of a possible bias or confounding is essential.
  • The student should learn to think along the lines that, when faced with data from an analytic epidemiologic study showing an association (or no association), this might reflect; random error, bias (systematic error), including selection bias or information bias, or confounding, or, if all other possibilities seem unlikely, causality.

Contents: Epidemiologic measures of occurrence and association, study designs - including macro-epidemiological, cross-sectional, case-control and cohort studies as well as experimental, randomized controlled trials - interpretation and inference, including random error, selection and information bias, confounding and effect modification. A specific session will deal with causation. Please see time schedule and teaching objectives for details.

Language: English

Instructors: Bodil Hammer Bech, Ulrik Schiøler Kesmodel

Dates and times: 18 – 21 May 2021 from 8:30 – 15:30

Place: Online teaching

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


Course dates:

  • 18 May 2021 08:30 - 15:30
  • 19 May 2021 08:30 - 15:30
  • 20 May 2021 08:30 - 15:30
  • 21 May 2021 08:30 - 15:30