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LSHTM - Introductory Course in Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, 2020
Deadline for applications: 10 May 2020
Course dates: 15 Jun - 3 Jul 2020
Epidemiological research is an important tool to assess health effects in populations and can be used to optimise disease surveillance, facilitate outbreak investigation and provide vital evidence for the evaluation of changes in health policy. This is a concentrated three week course which will take students through from the basic principles of epidemiology up to the application of statistical methods, such as logistic regression using Stata software.
During the three weeks students will learn about the design and interpretation of epidemiological studies and the statistical methods that underpin many of the founding principles. Much of the content corresponds with that which is taught during the internationally renowned MSc Epidemiology at the School. This short course is intended to be an intensive introduction to epidemiology and medical statistics and at the end of the three weeks students will understand the common pitfalls associated with study design, be able to choose the most appropriate analytical methods to verify stated hypotheses and feel confident to undertake basic statistical analysis using Stata software.
This course has been running since the 1980’s and includes lectures from many prominent professors from the School with long term practice in epidemiology and/or medical statistics in high, middle and low income countries . It has a large and varied group of alumni, with many attendees joining on the recommendation of previous participants.
The School houses a large academic group of epidemiologists, statisticians and demographers, and promotes an inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and research. The course will be taught through lectures and interactive practicals by staff who have teaching and research experience extending across the major diseases of developed and developing countries. Whilst attending the course, students are encouraged to engage with academic life at the School through attendance of lunchtime and evening seminars.
Who should apply?
The course is relevant to clinicians and other graduates who work in medical research units, academic departments or health services. No previous formal training in epidemiology or statistics is required. Those who are confident in these methods may prefer to consider the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis in September. Both courses are intensive and a good command of the English language is essential.
The fee for 2020 is £3,600.00. This includes all teaching and practical materials (in electronic and paper format), access to relevant statistical programmes for the duration of the course, use of computer equipment, vouchers for daily refreshments, welcome and farewell buffet and drinks and social outings in London.