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Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:9.00
Study Course Accepted:14.07.2021
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_106LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:4.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Information and Communication Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Aija Bukova-Žideļūna
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Contacts:Riga, 8 Kronvalda boulevard, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, +37167338307
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)12Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures24
Classes (count)12Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes24
Total Contact Hours48
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Good reading skills in English.
Extend knowledge of basic issues of epidemiology that is necessary for understanding and interpreting health research and other health information.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1The concept and basic principles of epidemiology.Lectures1.00auditorium
2History of epidemiology.Lectures1.00auditorium
3Causality. Risk factor. Confounder.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Key epidemiological indicators.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Crude, specific and standardised indicators.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Critical assessment of health information.Lectures1.00auditorium
7Descriptive epidemiological studies.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Biases. Sampling.Lectures1.00auditorium
9Analytic epidemiological studies.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Association indicators.Lectures1.00auditorium
11Diagnostic tests. Evaluation of screening for diseases.Lectures1.00auditorium
12Planning the research, independent work.Lectures1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Work with literature, data search and compilation for submission of the independent work. Presentation of the independent work.
Assessment Criteria:
Cumulative rating consisting of 2 presentation of independently accomplished work (2 x 25%) and a written exam (50%). A successful assessment of his/her own work must be obtained for the student to be admitted to the examination. Taking an exam is mandatory for a cumulative final score. The assessment of independent work does not increase the assessment of an unsuccessful examination.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:On successful completion of the course, students will: • Describe the historical development and present understanding of the concept of epidemiology, presenting the future challenges. • Identify and interpret the concepts of causative factors, risk factors, as well as related factors of health and diseases in the context of multifactorial causation theory. • Define the principles for measuring health events and conditions. • List potential sources of health information, their advantages and disadvantages. • Classify the main types of epidemiological studies. List their advantages and disadvantages. • Explain the concept of confounder and systemic deviation.
Skills:On successful completion of the course, students will: • Distinguish between causal and non-causal associations of factors and health events. • Calculate indicators of health events and conditions. • Calculate association indicators. • Calculate the specificity, sensitivity and predictable values of the tests.
Competencies:On successful completion of the course, students will: • Select the health incident rates that are appropriate for describing the health problem. • Assess the relevance of the research design to the subject matter. • Interpret the nature of association indicators. • Interpret the disease prevalence and incidence, morbidity and mortality rates in different populations and their changes over time. • Assess the validity of evidence for treatment, prevention and healthcare system and policy practices.
Required Reading
1M.Baltiņš „Lietišķā epidemioloģija”. „Zinātne”, Rīga, 2003.
2Bouter, L. M., Zielhuis, G. and Zeegers M. P. 2018. Textbook of Epidemiology. Bohn Stafleu van Loghum
Additional Reading
1Alfredo Morabia. Enigmas of health and disease. 2014.
2L.Gordis „Epidemiology”(3rd Eddition). Elsevier Saunders, 2004.
3Fletcher, R. H., Fletcher, S. W. and Fletcher, G. S. 2014. Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials. 5th ed. Philadelphia: LWW