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Introduction to epidemiology

He kuhunga ki te mātauranga urutā

Friday 14 February 2020

Introduction to epidemiology will cover some historical examples of epidemiology in practice to help bring the ideas of epidemiology to life. The main epidemiological designs and some core concepts used in epidemiology will be described and we will finish by applying your new knowledge and skills by designing an epidemiological study.

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. Also it has a new and strange language with unfamiliar terms like confounding and relative risks. This one day course seeks to dispel those myths and explain the core concepts, uses and language of epidemiology in a fun and accessible way.

Topics covered 

  • Introduction to epidemiology
  • Core concepts in epidemiology
  • Epidemiological study designs
  • Designing an epidemiological study

Style of teaching

Small group - i.e. teaching and discussion in a group of up to 20 people

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.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration
9am Welcome, Introductions, Aims for course
Introduction to epidemiology
Melissa McLeod and Ruth Cunningham
10:30am Morning tea
11am Core concepts in epidemiology Melissa McLeod and Ruth Cunningham
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm Study designs Melissa McLeod and Ruth Cunningham
3pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm Designing a study exercise
Summary of course and evaluation
Melissa McLeod and Ruth Cunningham
5pm Finish

Teaching staff  

Melissa McLeod (Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician, epidemiologist and senior research fellow 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.

Ruth Cunningham is a public health physician, epidemiologist and senior research fellow working in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Ruth’s research interests include mental health and health systems approaches to achieving health equity. Ruth leads the EleMent research group.

Melissa and Ruth co-teach epidemiology in the Diploma of Public Health course.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 19 December 2019.

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

Register now