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040105Y Basic Epidemiology, 1.5 ECTS cr 
Code 040105Y  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Basic Epidemiology  Abbreviation Basic Epidemiol 
Scope1.5 ECTS cr   
TypeGeneral Studies Discipline5401 Medicine 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Medicine 

Taina Lajunen 

ECTS Credits  1,5 op 
Language of instruction 

Finnish. Can be offered in English if several English speaking student registered.



Lectures on 2.  Year spring term.

Learning outcomes 

Students are expected to learn the basic concepts of epidemiology and basics of epidemiologic methods used in medicine and in general in health sciences.


The course includes a lecture on the following topics: 1) introduction to basic concepts and causality, 2) principles of study design, 3) precision and validity, 4) exposure assessment, 5) assessment of health effects and measures of disease occurrence, association and effect  , 6) principles of cohort studies, 7) data analysis in cohort studies, 8) principles of case-control studies, 9) data analysis in case-controls studies and 10) cross-sectional studies. In addition, the course includes two exercise sessions conducted in small groups on: 1) epidemiologic methods based on critical reviews of articles and 2) calculation. Students will also review individually and critically an scientific article.


Learning activities and teaching methods 

10 one-hour  lectures, two 3-hour exercise sessions and critical review of an articles.

Target group 

Basic course for medical students, but suitable for students planning research in health sciences.

Recommended optional programme components 

Closely linked to the course in biostatiistics taught in the same term.

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture notes. Recommended books:  Hernberg S. Introduction to occupational epidemiology (1992) ja Rothman K. Epidemiology. An Introduction (2002).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Lectures highly recommended and exercise sessions compulsory. Written exam.


5 - 1 / fail.


Person responsible 

Jouni J.K. Jaakkola, professor of public health.


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