This unit introduces the concept of clinical epidemiology and provides students with core skills in clinical epidemiology at an introductory level. Topics covered include asking and answering clinical questions; basic and accessible literature searching techniques; study designs used in clinical epidemiological research; confounding and effect modification; sources of bias; interpretation of results including odds ratios, relative risks, confidence intervals and p values; applicability of results to individual patients; critical appraisal of clinical epidemiological research literature used to answer questions of therapy (RCTs and systematic reviews), harm, prognosis, diagnosis and screening; applicability of results to individual patients; and evidence-based use of health resources.
Offered online (no fixed-time webinars) and face-to-face (daytime tutorials)
Completion of online quizzes (15%), tutorial participation (10%), assignment 1 (15%), assignment 2 (60%)
Online readings and resources to be provided on the eLearning website.
It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of study.