Introduction to Epidemiology, Certificate

Introduction to Epidemiology, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
    Duration
University rank #47 (ARWU) Online
The Introduction to Epidemiology course, offered by Utrecht University, will provide you with insights into the basic terminology and principles of epidemiology. 

About

The Introduction to Epidemiology course, offered by Utrecht University, addresses the principles of bias and confounding, thereby enabling you to familiarize yourself with all key epidemiological concepts.

This is one of the online medical courses offered through the MSc Epidemiology program of the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University, and as such is highly relevant for anyone participating in a medical education or working in healthcare. It will also provide you with a good basis for further research into specialized areas of epidemiology.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Use and explain the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology
  • State important historical developments in health sciences in general, and epidemiology in particular

In particular, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between, and apply, the different measures of frequency, association and impact that are commonly used in epidemiological research
  • Calculate these measures using simple numerical examples
  • Tell apart and explain the different aspects of epidemiological research (causal and descriptive).
  • Tell apart and state the (dis)advantages of the different study designs used in epidemiological research: cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies.
  • Read and interpret (simple) epidemiological scientific papers, and recognize in these papers which study design was used
  • Apply the correct measures of frequency and association belonging to the different epidemiological study designs
  • Explain the meaning of the terms ‘bias’ and ‘confounding’ and distinguish between them

Accreditation

As this is a university course, it is covered by academic accreditation. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a recognized certificate from Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 21 days
    • Intensity 14 hrs/week
  • Credits
    1 ECTS
    1.5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Exams and graduation only
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Course topics:
  • What is epidemiology?
  • Measuring diseases
  • Design of data collection
  • Cohort studies
  • Case-control studies
  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Bias and confounding

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

To enroll in this course, you need:

  • An academic (university) level of thinking
  • Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing

Compulsory study materials:

Epidemiology – An Introduction’ by K.J. Rothman, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, June 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0199754557.

Please noteAs this is an online course, you do need access to an internet connection in order to be able to follow lectures, complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants. (The only part of the course that is not online is the examination.) This course is offered through the MSc Epidemiology program developed by the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    385 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 385 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    385 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 385 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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