Seminário em Epidemiologia


Describe the national and international epidemiological situation of diseases and health problems, its determinants and trends;

- Critically assess the epidemiological approaches most adequate to the study of the main health problems and determinants, including study designs and epidemiological measures involved;

- Meet the principles of spatial and temporal analysis;

- Meet the principles of sampling of populations;

- Define the concept of risk, its main variants, being able to interpret your meaning in different types of epidemiological study and their implications;

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

- Be able to present a critical appraisal of a protocol of and epidemiological investigation and an epidemiological report, including scientific papers.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Carlos Manuel Matias Dias


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Total - 36

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  • Kathryn H. Jacobsen - Introduction to health research methods: a practical guide. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012.

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

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

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

  • PORTA, M.; GREENLAND, S; LAST, JOHN M., eds. - A Dictionary of Epidemiology. 6th ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2014.

Teaching method


This course has two components: a theoretical review the purpose of specific health problems and a practical preparation and presentation of critical reviews of actual work. The seminar format will, for each theme: a first session with review of national and international epidemiological situation, followed by individual and group work, presented orally and in writing for evaluation. 


Evaluation method

The assessment includes the following components:

  • Attendance and participation of every student in the classroom sessions, including oral presentations in room: 20%;

  • classification of two written essays (5 to 10 pages each) selected from concrete methodological and thematic themes, arising from face-to-face sessions: 30% (15% each);

  • critical appraisal of an article, or report of an epidemiological investigation (15 to 20 pages) : 50%

Subject matter

  • Epidemiology of non-communicable diseases;

  • Epidemiology of communicable diseases;

  • Epidemiology of functionality;

  • Epidemiology of risk factors;

  • Critical appraisal of epidemiological studies;

  • Critical assessment of bias and confounding;

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

  • Spatial analysis in public health;

  • Theory and practice of sampling; Epidemiological measures: definition, calculation and interpretation: the specific case of health and epidemiological risk indicators;

  • Causal assessment.


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