wmd1200  2017-2018  Bruxelles Woluwe

3 credits
20.0 h + 20.0 h
Henrard Séverine; Speybroeck Niko coordinator;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
1. Introduction: Brief review of the history of epidemiology: health, health determinants, and basic methods.
2. Basic concepts in epidemiology:
a)    Normality and pathological state in epidemiology
b)    The natural history of the disease
c)     Causality and causal reasoning in epidemiology.
3. Frequency measures in epidemiology:
a)    Types of frequency measures
b)    Prevalence and incidence
c)     Measures of morbidity and mortality
d)    Relationship between frequency measures
e)    Basic demographic indicators used in health.
4. Measures of effect in epidemiology:
a)    Association measures
b)    Impact measures.
5. Sources of information in epidemiology:
a)    General principles: Inference, precision and validity, confounding and/or modification effect
b)    General typology of studies in epidemiology
c)     Descriptive studies including bias
Analytical studies including bias.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


To understand the basic concepts and the methodological approaches used in epidemiology

To master elementary methods required in epidemiology

Be able to apply the epidemiological approach in the practice of public health.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course is mainly organized around theoretical lectures illustrated by examples. It is completed by practical exercises solved at home. Solutions to the exercises will be uploaded in iCampus after being discussed in class. Students are invited to discover basic notions and use it to solve concrete problems.
Evaluation methods
Evaluation method: written exam.
Supports du cours (diapositives) disponibles sur Moodle
Livre qui sert de support au cours : Statistique épidémiologie de Thierry Ancelle (3ème édition) (éditeur : Maloine)
Vidéos du Professeur Thierry Ancelle disponibles sur youtube (Méthodes en épidémiologie : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDtut0doG41ZH8owcjxvSYgNq2vkw92tH)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Additionnal module in Biomedical Sciences