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Epidemiology 1: Planning a study
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3123-20-00-01There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 20/06/2020
Date and time03.08.2020, at: 08:00 - 11.10.2020, at: 16:00
Regular seats16
Course fee11,280.00 kr.
LecturersSøren Saxmose Nielsen
ECTS credits6.00
Contact personSøren Saxmose Nielsen    E-mail address: saxmose@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.


Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Knowledge: Identify an epidemiological problem to be investigated using relevant epidemiological and statistical methods.

2. Skills: Define and design studies, collect and store epidemiological data in a database and evaluate data quality. Develop a research protocol using relevant epidemiological methods.

3. Competences: Collaborate scientifically with epidemiologists, statisticians and other relevant scientists on epidemiological investigations. Evaluate the validity and reliability of an epidemiological study and generalise study results to other populations than just the study population.


Content
The course introduces the concepts associated with basic epidemiology, e.g. study objectives and hypotheses, study design, nature of data, data management and measures of frequency and association. The focus is on practical application of the concepts, through discussions with peers and by writing a protocol describing the plans for conduct of an observational epidemiological study, as well as practical data management using R.

After an introduction with self-studies and eLectures in an eLearning environment, there is one week on-campus training with lectures, discussions and exercises. During this week, basics for the protocol are laid down. During the following eLearning weeks, the protocol is developed step-by-step using the principles taught in the course. The protocol is handed in one week prior to examination and forms the basis for an oral examination.


Participants
The course is relevant to PhD students and other working with epidemiological studies. Knowledge of basic epidemiological terminology is required. This knowledge can be acquired during the pre-course introductory weeks via self-studies within the eLearning environment


Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

Herd and Population-oriented Research (HERD)

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Public Health and Epidemiology


Language
English


Form
The course is the first of two modules in Epidemiology. This first module of the course is based on blended learning, including both eLearning and on-site lectures, plenum discussions and exercises.


Course director
Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Professor, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, saxmose@sund.ku.dk


Teachers
Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Matthew Denwood, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen


Dates
eLearning: 3 August 2020 – 9 October 2020. Weekly assignments should be expected. Flexibility with regards to handing in assignments in first half of January can be arranged

On-campus: 24 to 27 August 2020

Examination: 30 minutes within the period 5 - 11 October 2020


Course location
eLearning: KU-system ‘Absalon’. Requires that you have access to internet with a relatively stable internet connection

On-campus: University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Campus (Dyrlægevej 10, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C)


Registration
Please register before 10 June 2020

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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