Skip to main content
Ieva Strēle

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:SVUEK_063LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Public HealthTarget Audience:Public Health
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, svekatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67338307
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (number)6Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes12
Total Contact Hours24
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Public health, statistics, basic epidemiology - according to the content of bachelor study programs in Health Care specialties.
to strengthen knowledge in basic epidemiology allowing to proceed with studying more advanced theoretical concepts and application of more sophisticated epidemiological methods in the course "Epidemiology II".
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Epidemiology. Causation.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Epidemiology. Causation.Classes1.00auditorium
3Basic epidemiologic measures. Crude, specific rates. Case fatality rate. Proportionate mortality.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Basic epidemiologic measures. Crude, specific rates. Case fatality rate. Proportionate mortality.Classes1.00auditorium
5Standardization. Designs of epidemiological studies.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Standardization. Designs of epidemiological studies.Classes1.00auditorium
7Descriptive epidemiologic studies. Errors: random errors, systematic biases.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Descriptive epidemiologic studies. Errors: random errors, systematic biases.Classes1.00auditorium
9Analytical studies. Cohort sudies; case-control studies. Measures of association.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Analytical studies. Cohort sudies; case-control studies. Measures of association.Classes1.00auditorium
11Experimental studies. Diagnostic tests.Lectures1.00auditorium
12Experimental studies. Diagnostic tests.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Calculation of epidemiologic measures, direct and indirect standardization during classes, both individually and in groups. Home reading material. Sample exercises on epidemiologic measures and standardization as a home-work.
Assessment Criteria:
Participation in discussions during classes. Oral examination of understanding of home reading material during classes. Written final test, consisting of five questions: - three theoretical questions, illustrating epidemiologic concepts with appropriate examples; - one question what includes a calculation of epidemiologic measures; - one example of epidemiologc study to recognize study design and to interpret theoretical strengths and limitations of this design in the context of that particular study.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:On successful completion of the course students will be able to: - 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-standardization; - list and describe epidemiologic study designs, their characteristic features, advantages and disadvantages; - list the main types of biases and to give their explanation; - explain accuracy and precision of measurements and how they affect validity of a study.
Skills:- calculate the basic epidemiologic measures of health events and states; measures of association; sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of diagnostic tests; - apply direct and indirect method of standardization in order to compare epidemiologic measures.
Competencies:- differentiate between exposure variable, other risk factors and confounders under conditions of specific research question and hypothesis; - 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; - evaluate the potential influence of confounding and biases on study results.
1Baltiņš M. Lietišķā epidemioloģija. Rīga: Zinātne, 2003. 354 lpp.
1Beaglehole R., Bonita R., Kjellstrom T. Basic Epidemiology. Geneva: WHO, 2000.
2Jekel J.F., Elmore J.G., Katz D.L. Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine. Philadelphia, London: W.B.Saunders Company, 1996. ix, 297 p.
3Greenberg R.S. et al. Medical Epidemiology. 4th edition. Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill, 2005. 254 p.
4Gordis L. Epidemiology. 3rdedition. Elsevier Saunders, 2004. 355 p.
5Gerstman B.B. Epidemiology Kept Simple. An Introduction to Traditional and Modern Epidemiology. 2nd edition. Wiley-Liss, 2003. xvi, 417 p.