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Introduction to epidemiology

He whakatakinga ki te mātauranga urutā

Friday 10 February 2023

Introduction to epidemiology will introduce you to the core concepts of epidemiology in a practical and accessible way. By the end of the day you will be able to recognise the major study designs and their strengths and weaknesses and have experience reading and decoding journal abstracts.

Epidemiology is a core skill for many aspects of public health practice, but many people are put off by the image it has of being only about complicated numbers, statistics and formulae. This one day course seeks to dispel those myths and will introduce the core concepts, uses and language of epidemiology in a relaxed and accessible way.

Topics covered 

  • To identify main epidemiological study types
  • Know the key features of the main study types and their strengths and weaknesses
  • Apply that knowledge to interpret research abstracts and to understand a real world epidemiological case study

Style of teaching

Small group – i.e. teaching and discussion in a group of up to 20 people. This course will be held in person in Wellington.

Who should attend?  

The course is a suitable introduction to epidemiology for anyone working in the health, health policy, health promotion and public health sectors whatever your prior knowledge and experience. It is a good course for those new to public health, or wanting a refresher, or who are considering further study in epidemiology or public health. The course will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

COVID-19 contingency plan

If COVID restrictions prevent in-person/face-to-face delivery of this course, it will be cancelled and the course fee will be refunded in full.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration
9:00am Epidemiology building blocks and dissecting an abstract Melissa McLeod and Caroline Shaw
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Abstract activity 1 Melissa McLeod and Caroline Shaw
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm Abstract activity 2 Melissa McLeod and Caroline Shaw
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm Case study
Summary of course and evaluation
Melissa McLeod and Caroline Shaw
5:00pm Finish

Teaching staff  

Melissa McLeod (Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician, epidemiologist and senior lecturer working in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Melissa’s research interests include Māori health, epidemiology and the investigation and elimination of ethnic health inequalities in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Caroline Shaw is a public health physician, epidemiologist and associate professor working in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Caroline’s research interests include climate change, population health and transport policy, with a particular focus on how we can move to an equitable, healthy low carbon transport system.

Melissa teaches epidemiology and Caroline teaches environmental health in the Diploma of Public Health course.

Location

This course will be held in Wellington City. Venue to be confirmed.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after Wednesday 21 December 2021.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Register now