HNE-24806 Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health


Studiepunten 6.00

Learning supported by IT
Practical extensively supervised10
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. JM Geleijnse
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens
prof. dr. ir. E Kampman
prof. dr. ir. D Kromhout
prof. dr. JM Geleijnse
dr. ir. A Haveman-Nies
dr. SS Soedamah-Muthu
dr. ir. AJEM Cavelaars
dr. C Dullemeijer
Examiner(s)prof. dr. JM Geleijnse

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAT-15303 + MAT-15403


The course teaches the basic concepts, measures and study designs used in epidemiology and public health. It contains lectures on study design and methodological issues, lectures by epidemiologists working in various disciplines and ICT-based modules to practice knowledge on study designs, standardization, and calculations of basic epidemiological and public health measures.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- be familiar with the field of epidemiology and public health and the work of scientists in this field;
- know the prevalence, incidence and main determinants of major chronic diseases;
- be able to compute and interpret basic measures used in epidemiology and public health, including the incidence, prevalence, various measures of association (IPR, IRR, RR, odds ratio), (population) attributable risk, and DALYs;
- understand basic study designs used in epidemiology and public health, i.e. ecological study, cross-sectional study, monitoring and surveillance, cohort study, case-control study and intervention study (trial);
- be able to indicate the major advantages and disadvantages of the various study designs;
- have a basic understanding of biases (selection bias, information bias, confounding), precision and misclassification and how these phenomena could affect the validity of an epidemiological study;
- know the difference between internal and external validity of epidemiological findings;
- have a basic understanding of the concept of effect modification;
- understand and be able to perform direct and indirect standardization of public health data;
- understand and be able to compute various measures used in clinical epidemiology, including sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic value.


The student will:
- prepare and follow lectures, using the prescribed written study materials;
- perform regular self tests;
- conduct the ICT-based practica.


Multiple choice exam and multiple answer on theoretical and data analysis aspects.


Penny Webb and Chris Bain, Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-17731-3

Verplicht voor: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc1AF
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc1AF
Keuze voor: MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology1AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Epidemiology and Public Health1AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status1AF
MHSHealth and Society (specialization MME-E)MSc1AF
Verplicht voor: WUNHEBSc Minor Nutrition and Health1AF