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Intermediate Level

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

Approx. 8 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Compare and contrast different epidemiological study designs in order to describe their strengths and weaknesses.

Skills you will gain

Randomized Controlled TrialCase-Control StudyStudy designsCohort

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Intermediate Level

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

Approx. 8 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Start working towards your Master's degree

This course is part of the 100% online Global Master of Public Health from Imperial College London. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to Study Designs: Ecological and Cross-Sectional Studies

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 15 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Epidemiological Studies4m
Ecological Studies4m
Cross-sectional Studies3m
7 readings
About Imperial College & the team5m
How to be successful in this course5m
Grading policy5m
Glossary & Additional readings 20m
Case-reports and Case-series5m
Primary and Secondary Data10m
Quiz Instructions2m
1 practice exercise
Ecological and Cross-sectional Studies30m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Case Control Studies

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 14 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Measures of Association in Case-control Studies6m
Calculating Odds Ratios4m
3 readings
Selecting Controls in Case-control Studies10m
Recap: Case-control Studies10m
Quiz Instructions2m
1 practice exercise
Case-control Studies30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Cohort Studies and Nested Studies

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 20 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Measures of Association in Cohort Studies4m
Calculating Relative Risks3m
Nested Case-control Study4m
Case-cohort Study Design3m
5 readings
Recap: Cohort Studies10m
Strengths and Weaknesses of Cohort and Case-control Studies15m
Quiz Instructions2m
Strengths and Weaknesses of Nested Case-control and Case-cohort Studies10m
Quiz Instructions2m
2 practice exercises
Cohort Studies20m
Nested Case-control and Case-cohort Studies20m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Randomised Controlled Trials

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 21 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
The Randomisation Process6m
Blinding in Randomised Controlled Trials5m
Course Summary1m
4 readings
Strengths and Weaknesses of Randomised Controlled Trials10m
Quiz Instructions2m
Overview of Study Designs10m
Quiz Instructions2m
2 practice exercises
Randomised Controlled Trials20m
Comparing Study Designs20m

About the Epidemiology for Public Health Specialization

Thousands of new epidemiological studies are conducted every year and their results can have a profound impact on how we live our lives. Decisions regarding the food you eat, how much you exercise, where you live and what treatment you will follow if you get sick are made based on data from such studies. This specialization aims to equip you with the skills that will allow you to correctly interpret epidemiological research, consider its limitations, and design your own studies. The first course of the specialisation, Measuring Disease in Epidemiology, looks into the main measures used in epidemiology and how these can inform decisions around public health policy, screening and prevention. The second course, Study Designs in Epidemiology, provides an overview of the most common study designs, their strengths and limitations. The third course, Validity and Bias in Epidemiology, builds on the fundamental concepts taught in the previous courses to discuss bias and confounding and how they might affect study results. It also provides the essential skills to prevent and control bias and confounding and critically think about causality. At the end of this specialization you will have gained the essential skills to design and critique epidemiological research and you will be able to pursue more advanced courses in epidemiology. Although this specialization is part of the GMPH programme, it can be taken independently of the GMPH....
Epidemiology for Public Health

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