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Ageing and Lifelong Health

Epidemiology for Clinicians Course Event

Senior woman
9 - 11 January 2013
Chilworth Manor, Southampton 9th-11th January 2013

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Jane Pearce on 023 8076 4052 or email .

Event details

A short course for those wanting to learn basic research methods, to understand the medical literature and conduct simple studies.

 A short introductory course in basic epidemiological methods is planned for 9th - 11th January 2013.   The topics to be covered in the course are given in the table below and the aim is to provide a broad overview of the main epidemiological principles and methods as well as to give an insight into the practical issues involved in conducting research. 

The course is open to clinicians working in any discipline.  It would also be appropriate for those working in a clinical area without clinical qualifications but an interest in research.   The examples used in the course will be from a wide range of disciplines.

The format of the course will be introductory lectures on each main topic followed by a practical session where participants will work through the issues raised by considering real examples of epidemiological studies.  Lectures and practicals will be of varying lengths depending on the material to be covered in each.   Each evening a general epidemiological lecture is presented to give an overview of a special topic.

The course will be run at Chilworth Manor in Southampton within easy access of the M3 motorway and the railway station.

A draft overview of the course is below. For full details, please see the attached flyer and course description.



Chilworth Manor, Southampton

9th-11th January 2013


Residential: £200 Non-residential: £100

It is highly advised that you contact Jane Pearce, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, for all queries: Tel: 023 8076 4052, email:



Draft overview of the course:





Why epidemiology?        

Introduction to epidemiology & examples of its practical application in the clinical setting

Measures of disease and risk

Types of disease and case definition, incidence, mortality, prevalence, attributable risk, relative risk, odds ratio, population attributable risk, attributable proportion

Interpreting epidemiological findings

Bias, measurement error, confounding & effect modification

Cohort studies & randomised controlled trials

Design and conduct of cohort studies and RCTs

Case-control and cross-sectional studies

Design and conduct of case-control studies

Getting started in research

Grant applications, ethical approval & research governance

Introduction to statistical analysis

Populations and samples, hypothesis testing, estimation with confidence intervals, power.  Taught through practical demonstration of findings rather than theory

Genetic epidemiology

Principles and pitfalls, candidate genes to genome wide scans


The course starts with lunch on Wednesday January 9th and finishes after lunch on Friday January 11th.   The full residential fee is £200.   This covers all tuition and full board including lunches on all three days and the course dinner that will be held on the Thursday evening at a local restaurant. Dinner on the Wednesday evening will be provided in Chilworth Manor.  The fee for non-residents is £100, which, in addition to the tuition, includes lunch on all three days and the course dinner on the Thursday evening.   Non-resident course participants who wish to join the resident participants for dinner on the Wednesday evening in Chilworth can do so for an additional charge of £29.95.


Organised by the  MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Southampton and the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge

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