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Evidence forms the basis of modern medicine. Clinical research provides us with this evidence, guiding health professionals towards solutions to problems that they face in daily practice. Transferring existing problems in medical practice to a research setting is a challenging process that requires careful consideration. The practice of clinical epidemiology aims to address this through the application of established approaches for research in human populations, while at all times focussing on the problem at hand from a clinical perspective. This course teaches the principles and practice of clinical epidemiology, drawing on real problems faced by medical professionals and elaborating on existing examples of clinical research. Medical researchers will lean how to translate real clinical problems into tangible research questions for investigation, gaining insight into some of the most important considerations when designing an epidemiological study along the way. Core concepts will be introduced along four key themes: diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and etiology. Followers of this course will develop their understanding of the topics addressed through lectures from experts, peer interaction and review assignments....
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Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

About the course

Welcome! Here you will find general information about the course. The learning objectives, the structure, the format and the requirements of completion will be presented to you....
Reading
4 readings
Reading4 readings
Welcome to the Course!10m
Course Syllabus10m
Book: 'Clinical Epidemiology: Principles, Methods, and Applications for Clinical Research'10m
Short Survey10m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Introduction to Epidemiology

The course will kick off with a brief introduction to some of the key concepts in epidemiological research. We will warm up with two introductory lectures, followed by a small by assignment, before diving further into the field of epidemiology from a clinical context....
Reading
4 videos (Total 30 min), 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Core Concepts6m
Defining Your Research8m
A Multi-Level Research Problem9m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction to Epidemiology20m

3

Section
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5 hours to complete

Diagnostic Research

This week we begin at the start of the DEPTh model: Diagnosis and diagnostic research. Through a series of lectures, you will come across familiar challenges in the area of diagnosis and discover how these problems can be addressed by clinical research. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 37 min), 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Core Concepts in Diagnostic Research9m
Designing a Diagnostic Study8m
Case Study: A Diagnostic Rule for Deep Vein Thrombosis in Primary Care10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Diagnostic Research20m

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1 hour to complete

Prognostic Research

This week you will be introduced to the challenges of evidence-based prognostication: how can we best predict the course of a patient's health? You will learn this week how this kind of question can be addressed through epidemiological research, becoming familiar with how prognostic tools can be developed for use in guiding clinical decisions....
Reading
4 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Designing a Prognostic Study8m
Developing and Validating a Prediction Rule8m
Case Study: Developing a Prediction Rule for 10-year Cardiovascular Disease Risk9m
Reading1 reading
Feedback10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Examples of a Prognostic Study2m
Study Design of Data Collection2m
Prognostic Research20m
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Top Reviews

By KGFeb 5th 2018

This is a course that has made a great impact in my understanding of clinical epidemiology. The tutors are exceptional and possess high skills in imparting knowledge to learners.

By TTSep 18th 2017

Should be compulsory for anyone designing a study or handing out a grant.

Instructors

Diederick E. Grobbee

Professor
Clinical Epidemiology

Arno W. Hoes

Professor
Clinical Epidemiology

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a research university comprising seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56th worldwide. The research focuses on four main strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Our motto is: Bright minds, better future....

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