Elevate Health

Introduction to Epidemiology

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
World Wide

Teaching Methodology:
Distance Learning

European Fees:
385 EUR
Scholarship Possibilities:

Elevate Health

University Accreditation: No

Individual Course


This course will provide you with insights into the basic terminology and principles of epidemiology. These range from the history and design of epidemiological research to the different measures of frequency and association. We will also address the principles of bias and confounding, thereby enabling you to familiarize yourself with all key epidemiological concepts. The course is offered through the MSc Epidemiology program of the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University, and as such is highly relevant for anyone studying or working in healthcare. It will also provide you with a good basis for further research into specialized areas of epidemiology.


By the end of the course, you should be able to: - Use and explain the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology - State important historical developments in health sciences in general, and epidemiology in particular In particular, you should be able to: - Distinguish between, and apply, the different measures of frequency, association and impact that are commonly used in epidemiological research - Calculate these measures using simple numerical examples - Distinguish and explain the different aspects of epidemiological research (etiologic/ diagnostic/ prognostic/ therapeutic; causal/ descriptive) - Justify a choice of the different study designs used in epidemiological research - Read and interpret (simple) epidemiological scientific papers, and recognize in these papers which study design was used - Apply the correct measures of frequency and association belonging to the different epidemiological study designs - Explain the meaning of the terms ‘bias’ and ‘confounding’ and distinguish between them

Covered Areas

Therapeutic Areas

Infectious diseases


Laboratory techniques

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