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This Validity and Bias in Epidemiology offered by Coursera in partnership with Imperial College London is part of the Epidemiology for Public Health Specialization.

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Overview

Epidemiological studies can provide valuable insights about the frequency of a disease, its potential causes and the effectiveness of available treatments. Selecting an appropriate study design can take you a long way when trying to answer such a question. However, this is by no means enough. A study can yield biased results for many different reasons. 

This Validity and Bias in Epidemiology offered by Coursera in partnership with Imperial College London offers an introduction to some of these factors and provides guidance on how to deal with bias in epidemiological research. In this course you will learn about the main types of bias and what effect they might have on your study findings. You will then focus on the concept of confounding and you will explore various methods to identify and control for confounding in different study designs. 

In the last module of this course we will discuss the phenomenon of effect modification, which is key to understanding and interpreting study results. We will finish the course with a broader discussion of causality in epidemiology and we will highlight how you can utilise all the tools that you have learnt to decide whether your findings indicate a true association and if this can be considered causal.

What you will learn

  • Identify different types of biases that may occur in epidemiological studies, in order to apply strategies to reduce such biases.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Validity and Bias
  • Confounding
  • Dealing with Confounding
  • Effect Modification

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Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Language

English

Delivered

Online
  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate Level

  • A background in health sciences or/and quantitative methods would be useful, but not essential.

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Funding

Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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