At the end of the course the students shall be able to:

- Describe the origin, purpose, stages, applications, concepts and technical terms of epidemiology; 
- Define the General principles of sampling and justify its use in epidemiology;
- Characterize the use of numerators and denominators in building ratios, proportions and rates,
- Use case definitions and describe the measures according to the axes population, place and time;
- Define, calculate, describe, interpret and communicate epidemiologic measures of frequency, incidence and prevalence;
- Define and classify the types of health indicators, mortality and morbidity; Identify and use the main classifications and nomenclatures of diseases and causes of death;
- Define, calculate, interpret, communicate and use epidemiological risk measures absolute, relative and attributable, including their etiologic fractions; Describe the types of epidemiological studies, observational, experimental, descriptive and analytical, indications and limits to its use, calculus and interpretation of obtained measures, sources of error affecting epidemiological studies.

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Teaching method

- Differentiated format in accordance with the contents of each presential session, with of learning sessions of theoretical exposition aided by audio-visual materials, and theoretical-practical sessions of analysis, debate and resolution of case studies in the class-room guided by the teacher but with intervention of students;
- Individual resolution of worksheets on some thematic areas.
- Individual worksheets with written presentation (30% of the final mark);
 - Individual written test for learning evaluation (70% the final mark).

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Subject matter

1. Definition, historical landmarks, use in health and public health;
2. Main technical terms and concepts; classifications and nomenclatures;
3. Population and sample; principles and General sampling techniques;
4. Drawing, directions, conditions and limitations, planning, implementation, management, analysis, interpretation and communication of results of epidemiological studies, observational and experimental, analytical and descriptive;
5. Ratios, proportions and rates: conditions of numerators and denominators; necessity and influence of case definition;
6. Calculation, analysis, comparison, interpretation and reporting of epidemiological measures of frequency (incidence and prevalence). The epidemiological triad: people, place and time;
7. Types of health indicators, mortality and morbidity indicators, role of indicators in public health; Error in epidemiology, biases and confounding; elimination and control techniques, principles and criteria for causal inference; 
8. Calculation, analysis, comparison, interpretation and communication of measures of association and impact: relation and role in risk evaluation, management and communication.


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