Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
This course will enable participants to understand and apply the principles of Epidemiology. It is fully online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. All participants must join the synchronous sessions and these will be preceded and followed with self-study and assessments. The course is equivalent to the Fundamentals of Epidemiology module in the MSc Clinical Epidemiology.
Objectives/aim: At the end of the course students will understand: how to frame research questions; the principles, strengths and limitations of various study designs; how to make use of measures of disease occurrence, measures of effect and measures of public health impact; the concepts of random error, bias, confounding and effect modification in epidemiological studies and knowledge of strategies to deal with these challenges; how to determine a causal link between exposure and outcome; and the principles, and evaluation of screening programmes.
Prerequisites: The candidate shall hold an MBChB or equivalent degree; or a four-year professional bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline. Mathematics at National Senior Certificate level
Duration and dates: Full first semester online course (Feb/June), with dedicated live virtual contact time.