The course will run for 5 days. The main body of the course will be an in-depth case study over six half days (afternoons of the first 4 days and all day on Friday), illustrating a multitude of methodological and practical issues. In addition, the morning of the first day will provide an introduction to environmental epidemiology and environmental health at community level, and the mornings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday would be respectively on environmental measurements for epidemiology, exposure assessment, and health measurement in environmental epidemiology.
CPD accreditation will be sought from the Faculty of Public Health and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
Teaching will be through lectures, discussions, role plays and interactive computer sessions. A CD-ROM will be used to work through a case study that addresses a land contamination problem and illustrates the uses of environmental epidemiology. Students will be placed in the position of a public health officer recently employed by a public health unit. The case study has been developed by Irene Kreis over many years of teaching this subject in the Netherlands and Australia, it will be divided into four stages:
Stage 1 (Orientation to the problem): The first stage of the case-study covers orientation to the problem using both qualitative and quantitative material. The available information comprises interviews with health and environment experts such as University Professors, and stake-holders including politicians, a factory owner and residents.
Stage 2 (Further investigation): The second stage of the case-study requires the students to divide their attention between the environmental component and the health effects component of the case study. They are presented with limited funds and have to plan a budget for data collection appropriate for the investigation of both aspects of the problem.
Stage 3 (Planning a study): The third stage requires the students to design an epidemiological study of health effects from the environmental contamination. The type of questions the study can address may vary widely.
Stage 4 (Analysing and presenting the results of a study): In stage four, the students are required to analyse the database created at the end of stage three and interpret their findings appropriately. There will be an opportunity to discuss options for presentation of results and approaches to risk communication.
The course is jointly organised with the following institutions:
This course is designed for those working in public health, health protection or environmental health and who have an interest in or experience of environmental epidemiology and would like to improve their skills.
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