HNE-31006 Study Design and Interpretation in Epidemiology and Public Health


Studiepunten 6.00

Practical extensively supervised30
Problem-based learning14
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. E Kampman
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. E Kampman
prof. dr. ir. P van 't Veer
prof. dr. JM Geleijnse
dr. SS Soedamah-Muthu
dr. ir. MC Busstra
dr. ir. MF Engberink
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. E Kampman

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health, Basic Statistics

Continuation courses:

Analytical Epidemiology, Public Health Practice


This course builds upon concepts of study designs from 'Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health' by putting the design, conduct and interpretation of observational and intervention studies into practice. Emphasis will be placed on concepts of misclassification, bias, confounding and effect modification. In working groups under tutorial arrangements, studies will be designed for epidemiological and public health questions taking methodological as well as practical considerations into account. Existing literature will be critically reviewed as part of the group exercise. Issues discussed will involve potential misclassification of exposure and disease, selection and information bias, confounding and effect modification. Also, practical modules, partly ICT based, will be used to put these concepts into practice.
Additionally, lectures will be provided focusing on advanced design variants in epidemiology, systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis.

Learning outcomes:

- understand the characteristics of major epidemiological study designs, including potential methodological threats with respect to bias, misclassification and confouding;
- able to design, plan and interpret studies used in epidemiology and public health, taking methodological and practical considerations into account;
- understand the principles of a systematic literature review and meta-analysis.


The student will:
- actively participate in group discussions on a research proposal including critical review of the literature;
- prepare and attend lectures;
- conduct the (ICT-based) practicals.


Written exam and group assignment(s).


Book: Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for students and health professionals. Penny Webb, Chris Bain, Sandy Pirozzo. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 0521546613.

Verplicht voor: MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Epidemiology and Public Health3