Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Epidemiology is the study of the distributions and determinants of health related status and disease in populations. It constitutes a basic science for public health and biomedical sciences, and uses observations, surveillance and experiments to test hypotheses and assess causal relationships. The ultimate goal of epidemiology is to prevent disease and to promote health.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the student knows about:

- basic epidemiological methods

- basic methods relevant for prevention and health promotion care


After completing the course, the student is able to

- discuss the most important study designs and their strengths and weaknesses

- understand measures of occurrence (incidence, prevalence), associations, effect modification/interaction and principles of screening

- assess possible sources of errors and causality in published studies

- use their knowledge to plan and execute studies

General skills:

After completing the course, the student is able to:

- hold the theoretical knowledge necessary to independently assess published studies related to medical causal research

- critically reflect over scientific literature and participate in discussions

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Passed course, or fully participated in lectures and group work in medical statistics (MEDSTA or equivalent).
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
MED6 - 2 ECTS credits
Access to the Course
Master Programme in Pharmacy or one of the two-year master programmes at The Faculty of Medicine
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and group work/discussions
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Supervised group work

Individual test (Mitt UiB).

Forms of Assessment
Group exam (ca. 5 students pr group).
Grading Scale
Reading List
Scientific papers will be handed out to the students during the course.