CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS
2014/2015, Semester 2
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)
Modular Credits: 4
This module will be conducted from 9 to 13 February 2015, 9am to 5pm daily.
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Brief Module Description
This module will build on the basic concepts learnt in core epidemiology and biostatistics modules, with specific applications to study designs used in patient-care settings. The main objective of the course is to provide skills and tools that can be applied to a variety of research designs. Individual sessions will focus on evaluating validity and bias in clinical observational studies, selecting and evaluating instruments to measure patient outcomes, and methods used for risk adjustment. Prognostic studies and diagnostic testing will also be discussed. Students will critique journal articles and use practical exercises to explore threats to validity and the use of conceptual and analytic models in clinical studies.
Upon completion of the module, the student be able to:
Describe the design of observational studies to address questions commonly encountered in clinical practice
Identify key exposure and outcome variables based on a sound conceptual model
Use appropriate generic and disease-specific instruments to measure relevant outcomes and appreciate issues in validity of these instruments
Identify sources of error in clinical research and means to minimize them
Be familiar with techniques used for risk adjustment in clinical studies
Satisfactory completion of the following modules:
(1) CO5102 Principles of Epidemiology
(2) CO5103 Quantitative Epidemiologic Methods
Continuous assessment / quiz
The Master of Public Health programme requires attendance of 75 percent of all lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars.
When a student is unable to attend the required sessions, an excuse may be granted for limited time periods upon the production of evidence of illness, misadventure or leave of absence having been granted.
Students must inform the MPH Office if any of the above has taken place.
Failure to meet attendance requirements will affect module grading.