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Ieva Strēle

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:4.00
Study Course Accepted:13.02.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_062LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:1.00ECTS:1.50
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Medicine
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Ieva Strēle
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The Head of Structural Unit:Ģirts Briģis
Contacts:Rīga, Kronvalda bulvāris 9, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67338307
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)10Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures20
Classes (number)Class Length (academic hours)Total Contact Hours of Classes0
Total Contact Hours20
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Knowledge of human normal physiology and pathology, and propaedeutic; basic arithmetics.
To provide basic knowledge in epidemiology necessary to understand findings of health research and to apply principles of evidence-based medicine, as well as to develop scientific, systematic and analytic thinking.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introduction to epidemiology: definition, principles, application. Theory of causation.Lectures2.00auditorium
2Epidemiologic measures: basic measures; crude, specific and standardised measures.Lectures2.00auditorium
3Descriptive epidemiologic studies. Biases and sampling.Lectures2.00auditorium
4Analytical studies: cohort studies and case-control studies. Measures of association.Lectures2.00auditorium
5Experimental studies. Diagnostic testing.Lectures2.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Home reading material. Sample exercises on epidemiologic measures as a home-work.
Assessment Criteria:
Written final exam.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to: • State the historic development of the concept of epidemiology and its current understanding, list the future challenges. • Interpret the concepts of risk factor, cause and confounder in the context of multifactorial theory of causation. • Define epidemiologic measures of disease occurrence and to describe their advantages, disadvantages and methods of calculation. • Explain the meaning of age-standardisation. • List and describe epidemiologic study designs, their characteristic features, advantages and disadvantages. • List the main types of biases and to give their explanation.
Skills:Upon successful completion of the course the students will be able to: • Calculate the basic epidemiologic measures of health events and states. • Calculate measures of association. • Calculate sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of diagnostic tests.
Competencies:Upon successful completion of the course the students will be able to: • Choose health measures, appropriate for the given health problems. • Assess the suitability of the epidemiologic study design in regard to the research problem. • Interpret the measures of association. • Interpret measures of morbidity and mortality in different populations and over time periods. • Differentiate between exposure variable, other risk factors and confounders under conditions of specific research question and hypothesis. • Evaluate the evidence for effectiveness of treatment, prevention, health care system and policy.
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