Practical Pharmacoepidemiology, Short Course

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 4 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)


The course is designed for students with a basic grounding in epidemiological methods and concepts and/or some prior knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology. During this course students will:

  • Develop their knowledge of pharmacoepidemiological concepts and methods, with a particular focus on database studies.
  • Gain practical experience of testing study feasibility and performing analyses in STATA, using primary care data from the General Practice Research Database (prior experience of STATA not required).
  • Gain insight into the application of pharmacoepidemiology in pharmaceutical risk management.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Course Content

  • Overview of study designs for pharmacoepidemiology
  • Measurements in pharamacoepidemiology - including outcomes, exposures, co-variates and issues of validation
  • The practicalities of study design and subsequent feasibility testing
  • Overview of data resources for pharmacoepidemiology & factors covering the choice of database
  • Overview of methods for handling bias and confounding - including matching, regression models and propensity scores
  • The practicalities of data analysis using data from the General Practice Research Database
  • Overview of clinical trials in pharmacoepidemiology, including real world randomisation
  • Use of registries in pharmacoepidemiology
  • Meta-analysis - overview and practical application
  • Overview of methods for dealing with missing data in pharmacoepidemiology studies
  • Appraisal of published pharmacoepidemiology papers


  • Krishnan Bhaskaran
  • Harriet Forbes

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Personnel concerned with the safe use of medicines, particularly in developed countries, especially those working in:

  • The pharmaceutical industry who are involved in drug development, licensing or surveillance
  • Regulatory bodies who are involved in licensing & surveillance
  • Academics interested in evaluating the effects of drugs
  • The health service who are involved in drug policy/decision making

Applicants will normally have a science, biomedical or biostatistical background, hold a second class honours degree of a United Kingdom university (or equivalent) in a science, medical, statistical or related subject and will have some post-graduate experience in the area of pharamacoepidemiology, including an understanding of methodological concepts such as bias and confounding. It is not expected that applicants will actually be conducting pharmacoepidemiology studies.

Up to 30 participants will be accepted.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 1395 International
  • GBP 1395 EU/EEA

Payable by 25 August 2017


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