Drug Safety Research Unit

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
Southampton United Kingdom

Teaching Methodology:
Blended Learning

European Fees:
1190 GBP
Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

Drug Safety Research Unit

University Accreditation: No

Individual Course


Introduction Pharmacoepidemiology is a key discipline for understanding the safety of medicines. It is also being increasingly recognised as a practical tool for supporting risk management and in planning safety activities at the time medicines are authorised. This course is aimed at introducing delegates to the core concepts of this scientific discipline. Attendance at this course can be used as part of the training required for Higher Medical Training (HMT) and Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST). Aims - To provide students with a grounding in, and analysis of, core principles of epidemiology - To show how epidemiological techniques are applied to pharmacoepidemiological studies - To review the development of pharmacoepidemiology as a science and its place in modern medicine - To review modern methods and data sources used in pharmacoepidemiology - To develop a critical understanding of the types, assessment and appropriate application of post-marketing drug safety data and their contribution to the marketing, regulatory compliance, safety monitoring and risk management associated with pharmaceuticals This course can be taken as a stand alone short course or as part of our postgraduate programme in pharmacovigilance, in association with the University of Portsmouth.


On successful completion of this course delegates should be able to: - Critically analyse the relationship between epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology - Define and justify the elements of an ideal database to be used to conduct a pharmacoepidemiological study of a drug safety issue - Differentiate the important features of pharmacoepidemiological investigations that allow comparisons within and between pharmacoepidemiological data resources - Critically apply common techniques of analysis in the interpretation of pharmacoepidemiological data for pharmacovigilance purposes

IMI Standards

  • A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes
  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical / administrative staff and programme / course / module managers
  • Availability of appropriate and regularly reviewed reference material (e.g. published articles, links, book chapters, scripts, etc)
  • Defined and transparent admission criteria
  • Quality assurance of teaching staff
  • Regular review of the QA/QC process and demonstration that the training is further developed in light of this review
  • The facilities, infrastructure, leadership and competences available for the support of student learning
  • University accreditation OR a system for approving, monitoring and reviewing the training offered