Advanced Epidemiological Methods Seminar

Estimated cost: R5001 – R10 000
Field Of Study: Epidemiological Methods
Department Name: DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis SACEMA


4. Throughout the course we will focus on the core concepts of validity and precision and will further develop our understanding of these central concepts. 1. Introductory and intermediate courses in epidemiological methods teach students the concepts needed to begin a career conducting valid epidemiological research; however these courses typically only briefly cover the causal models that should underlie the design of valid epidemiological studies. We will use these models as a jumping-off point to begin rethinking what we have already learned and to go further in our understanding of basic concepts of measures of effect, confounding, misclassification and selection bias. 2. From there we will begin to question the implications of various sources of bias in our studies and we will work through novel methods and approaches for doing more than simply speculating about these biases. 5. We will emphasize the development of skills that every doctoral level epidemiologist should have, skills that are both practical and marketable. 3. We will then finish by exploring the basic statistics used in epidemiological research and we will correct misunderstandings about what these statistics can tell us.

Entry Requirement: Professional 4-year Bachelor’s degree /Bachelor Honours degree or Equivalent Qualification
Certificate Type: Attendance
Delivery Mode: Contact
Duration: 4 days
Presentation Language: English
Contact Person Name: L Scheepers
Contact Person Email:
Contact Person Phone: (021) 808 2780
Latest Year Offered: 2018