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About Study Course

Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Ieva Strēle
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Public Health
Branch of science:Medicine; Public Health


To train students for research work, based on health registers data.


Public health, statistics, basic epidemiology - according to the content of bachelor study programs in Health Care specialties.

Learning outcomes


On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
• list the existing health registers in Latvia and describe legislation which regulates the operation health registers;
• discuss on ethical issues related with using register data for research;
• recognize advantages and disadvantages of using register data for health research.


• develop a study design in accordance with type of data provided by particular registers;
• prepare an appropriate data request to be submitted to the data owner or responsible institution.


• evaluate completeness and quality of register data in relation to their suitability for research;
• judge about potential effects or biases what register drawbacks can impose on study results;
• critically review publications of register-based research.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Public Health, SVFM3Master’sLimited choice