Concepts of Epidemiology

crfr_logo (1)8th to 12th December 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland

Concepts of Epidemiology is an intensive 5-day course which covers the fundamental principle of epidemiology, giving participants a vital understanding of this widely-used research and practice, with reference to global health problems.

The course is particularly beneficial for any health care professionals with limited or no experience in epidemiological study and who wish to develop enough knowledge to apply this practice in their own work. Previous attendees have been nurses, doctors, health promoters, health policy-makers, health researchers and statisticians, and many more fields.

No previous knowledge of epidemiology is necessary. Basic arithmetic, algebra and the use of a calculator will be needed to carry out the course exercises.

The course programme is supported by the content of the book ‘Concepts of Epidemiology’ by Professor Bhopal. The programme aims to bring participants to the introductory level of the MSc in Public Health, and covers most of the material in the text.

Each day combines lectures and visual presentations on various topics followed by individual learning sessions and small group exercises. Each session concentrates on an individual chapter of the book which include:

– An introduction to Epidemiology
– The epidemiological concept of population
– Variation in disease by time, place and person: A framework for analysis
– Variation: The role of error, bias, risk modification and confounding
– Cause & effect: The epidemiological approach
– Natural history, spectrum, iceberg, population patterns and screening: Interrelated concepts
– The concept of risk and measures of disease frequency: Incidence and prevalence
– Presentation and interpretation of epidemiological data on risk
– Study design: Overview
– Theoretical, ethical, contextual, practical and critical foundations for future epidemiologoly

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Professor Raj Phopal CBE, DSc(Hon), MPH, MD

Professor Bhopal is based at The Centre for Population Health Sciences at The University of Edinburgh School of Medicine and Honorary Consultant at the Lothian Health Board. He was previously Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Newcastle (1991-1999). He has taught epidemiology to undergraduates, postgraduates and, at CPD level, to a wide range of professionals including doctors, nurses, health economists and health service managers. In 2001, Professor Bhopal was awarded the national honour of CE for services to public health and in 2005 he received an honorary Doctor of Science award from Queen Margaret University College.

Registration fee
Full delegate fee £845
(Subsidised places are available – for further details contact

The course fee includes:
– A copy of Concepts of Epidemiology, R. Bhopal, 2nd ed. 2008
– Attendee pack including course presentation slides
– Certificate from the University of Edinburgh
– All coffee break and lunchtime catering
– Drinks reception
– Course dinner

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