Seminar in Epidemiology


At the end the students should be able to:

− Describe the purposes and uses of the main epidemiological methods;

− Describe the main types of epidemiological studies, the conditions for its application and weaknesses;

− Understand the principles of spatial analysis of health data;

− Understand the principles of sampling populations for use in epidemiology;

− Knowing how to define, calculate and interpret the main epidemiological measures of frequency, association and impact;

− Define the concept of risk, its main variants, and be able to interpret its meaning;

− Knowing how to define the concept of screening, describe the conditions for its application and validity measurements associated;

− Describe the concepts and applications of the concepts of bias and confounding and its use in the design, analysis and interpretation and epidemiological studies, as well as the discussion of causality;

General characterization





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– Beaglehole, R.; Bonita, R.; Kjellstrom – Basic epidemiology – 2ª edition. World Health Organization, 2006.

– Last, J - Dicionário de Epidemiologia - tradução portuguesa. Portugal, Ministério da Saúde, Departamento de Estudos e Planeamento da Saúde, 1995.

– GORDIS, l.: Epidemiology. Baltimore, Elsevier Saunders, 2004.

– ROTHMAN, K.; GREENLAND, S.; LASH, T.L.: Modern Epidemiology 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

– Guião do protocolo de Investigação

Teaching method

This course includes theoretical and practical aspects, target to the research problems of each student. It is based on: theoretical-practical Lectures, individual works with presentations and group discussion; case studies.

The teaching methodology is focus on the application and development of epidemiological concepts. It is expected that students can, during lectures, develop and apply concepts through the exercises that will be proposed to them, but also through problems they will propose themselves based on their research.

Evaluation method

Lective component (6 ECT)

- Attendance and participation: 20%

- 2 essays (between 5-10 pages each) and oral presentation: 30%

- critical appraisal of epidemiological research paper (15-20 pages): 50%

Preparation of a research protocol (6 ECT)

Subject matter

− Introduction to the history, principles and epidemiological methods.

− Types of epidemiological study: design, analysis and interpretation;

− epidemiological measures of frequency, association and impact: definition, calculation and interpretation: The specific case of health indicators and epidemiological risk

− Theoretical and practical aspects of screening; validity measurements and screening tests;

− Spatial analysis in public health;

− Theory and practice of sampling;

− Critical appraisal of epidemiologic studies.


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