Epidemiology is the cornerstone of global health. It shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying disease risk factors and preventive healthcare targets. Most epidemiological findings are genuine and make an important contribution to global health, but some findings are obtained from ill-designed, poorly implemented, inappropriately analysed or selectively reported studies.
This course aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to critically appraise epidemiological practice in global health, as a basis for sound decision making. The course will have a strong focus on the emerging themes of good epidemiological practice within the boarder debate of reproducibility crisis in science.
This one week course equips participants with the basic skills to critically appraise the implementation and analysis of an epidemiological study in global health, from study design to data analysis.
At the end of the course the participants will be able to:
- Recognise and adhere to the fundamental principles of good epidemiological practice
- Perform basic data management and data analysis in Stata
- Interpret and contrast results from linear and logistic regression analyses (univariate and multivariate)
- Fundamentals of good epidemiological practice (including existing guidelines) covering all steps of an epidemiological study ranging from study preparation to reporting/dissemination and data storage
- Purpose and content of a statistical analysis plan and other study documentation
- Sampling approaches for community based and health facility based surveys/studies
- Introduction to sample size calculation
- Basic data management with Stata (using do-files)
- Contingency tables, Chi-square and t-tests with Stata (using do-files)
- Interpretation of linear regression (Stata input and output)
- Interpretation of logistic regression (Stata input and output)
- Interpretation of multiple logistic regression (Stata input and output)
- Tutorial: guided analysis of a dataset (groups of apx 5 students with a tutor)
For participants who wish to be examined a paper or exam can be provided. tropEd students must take an exam at the end of the course.
This course is accredited by tropEd. It can be taken as an advanced module for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.
Throughout the course, all sessions will be embedded within a practical case study. Participants will be put in the perspective of a panel of experts who need to review the planning and conduct of a nation-wide study, and advise policy-makers based on its results. Sessions will include lectures, individual online learning, group exercises, discussions, practical sessions with Stata, and tutored data analysis session.
All study material including preparatory reading will be shared via the KIT online learning platform (Virtual Grounds).
- Having completed the core course (Master of Public Health or International Health) OR Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic training in either medicine or another field related to health care, such as health sciences, economics, social science or nursing.
- Successfully completed a statistics and epidemiology course covering measures of association in public health (odds and risk ratios), statistical inference (chi-square ant t-tests), confidence intervals, Type I and Type II errors.
- Participants should bring their own computer with Windows installed. A free 1-month Stata licence will be provided for the course.
- Proficiency in spoken and written English equivalent to TOEFL score of 5.5 or a IELTS academic score of 6.0.
The application package is due two months before the start of the course.
Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:
- A one-page letter of motivation
- Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable
This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.
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Classes are held at KIT’s training facilities in Amsterdam.
There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam and participants are advised to contact KIT for information. KIT endeavour to assist participants in their search for accommodation.
Citizens of most EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements.
Participants from other countries must obtain a short-stay visa (for up to three months) through the Netherlands embassy or consulate covering the applicant’s country. Applicants will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation costs. Applicants should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take several months.
Course participants and accompanying dependents are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. Unless their current insurance policy covers their stay abroad, participants must insure themselves and their dependents in the Netherlands. Dutch insurance companies offer reasonable rates to foreign students.
The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course or module comprising 30 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one ECTS credit point.
This course is also accredited for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.
Why study at KIT?
Up-to-date approach to complex public health issues
Exchange between disciplines
Development of personal and professional competencies
Participants from diverse backgrounds and countries
Teaching by highly qualified specialists
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