Introduction to Epidemiological Measures

Offered By

Royal College of Physicians

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Why should I take this course?

This micro skills course from the Royal College of Physicians will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of epidemiology that are used to measure the health of the population (rather than of individuals) and to assess the effectiveness of public health interventions.

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Do I need any prior qualifications or experience?

Our courses and programs have been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of trainees and qualified healthcare professionals. For most courses, we do not ask that you hold certain qualifications or meet certain criteria.
Some courses are aligned to specialist medical curricula so there is a certain level of medical knowledge required in these cases. On the whole, however, the courses and programs are accessible to a broad audience of learners.

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Each participant receives a certificate upon course completion.

What you can expect

A 30 minute eLearning course containing interactive content and activities. 

This course is ideal for

All health professionals.

Here is what you will cover in
this course 

Describe the importance of clearly defining cases in epidemiological studies

Explain the need for denominators in epidemiological studies and why (and how) this should be calculated as 'person-time at risk' for cohort (longitudinal) studies

Explain the difference between different measures of disease frequency (incidence and prevalence), how to calculate them and when to use them

Explain the difference between different measures of exposure effect (including risk ratio and risk difference), how to calculate them and when to use them

Describe the problem of confounding