Aims/Description: The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, analyse and report a variety of studies used in epidemiology, including both prospective and retrospective studies. It will also introduce statistical models that can be used to understand and forecast changes in medical and epidemiological phenomena that evolve through time. The students will gain a knowledge of the strengths and limitations of different study designs and of different sources of epidemiological data. Besides describing the basic concepts of epidemiology the module will also cover some aspects of genetic epidemiology.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to postgraduate students in Probability & Statistics or in ScHARR or taking a Statistical MSc.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Project/ portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Mathematics and Statistics):

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