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Skills you will gain

A basic understanding of epidemiological theoryCritical reading and thinking

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 5-7 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Study Design

Welcome to Population Health: Study Design! In this module you will get to know what the scope is of this course and you will learn how to be successful at online studying.

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1 video (Total 2 min), 7 readings
7 readings
Studying at Leiden University10m
About this course10m
Complete our small survey5m
Meet the instructors10m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Tips for studying online10m
Glossary10m
6 hours to complete

Design

In this module you will start to formulate a research question. You will be introduced to the most important study designs in epidemiology, and work out which study design fits your specific research question.

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9 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
9 videos
What is epidemiology?3m
How to create a good research question?6m
What is the research question?4m
Experimental versus observational studies8m
The cohort study7m
The case-control study8m
Bloodcurdling movies and measures of coagulation - a crossover trial7m
To conclude52s
2 readings
Observational research methods: cohort, cross sectional, and case-control studies1h
Designing a research project: randomised controlled trials and their principles.1h
5 practice exercises
Learning goals and personal goal(s)10m
Observational research methods: cohort, cross-sectional, and case-control studies10m
Designing a research project: randomised controlled trials and their principles.10m
Reflect on your goals10m
Test your knowledge20m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

Measures

In this module you will calculate frequency and effect measures, and apply them to your own research questions. In addition, you will practice with constructing a life table and drawing a Kaplan-Meier curve.

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7 videos (Total 42 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
Frequency measures9m
Effect measures8m
Odds and odds ratio6m
Kaplan-Meier7m
Thoughts on absolute versus relative risk7m
To conclude1m
3 readings
R tutorial2h
Time partition1h
Life table and Kaplan-Meier - an exercise45m
5 practice exercises
Learning goals and personal goal(s)10m
Calculate frequency and effect measures20m
Exposure window5m
Reflect on your goals10m
Test your knowledge20m
Week
3
7 hours to complete

Confounding and bias

In this module different types of error will be discussed, which can be either random or systematic in nature. Subsequently, you will learn to recognize bias and confounding. You will additionally gain hands-on experience with standardisation.

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7 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Puzzles in Epidemiology3m
Random versus systematic error9m
Confounding and bias8m
Countering confounding9m
Standardisation7m
To conclude53s
2 readings
Dealing with Biases2h
An exercise in standardisation45m
4 practice exercises
Learning goals and personal goal(s)10m
Dealing with bias5m
Reflect on your goals10m
Test your knowledge20m
Week
4
7 hours to complete

Inference

In this module you will calculate with averages, learn basic principles of causal inference, and be introduced to the concepts of regression to the mean and intention to treat.

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6 videos (Total 26 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
6 videos
When do we know something is true?8m
Intention to treat6m
Regression to the mean6m
To conclude1m
Course conclusion58s
3 readings
Measurement scales and their summary statistics20m
Causation and causal inference in epidemiology1h 30m
Post - course survey10m
5 practice exercises
Learning goals and personal goal(s)10m
Causation and causal inference in epidemiology10m
Reflect on your goals8m
Test your knowledge20m
Final Assessment1h 30m

Instructors

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Dennis Mook-Kanamori

Dr.
Clinical Epidemiology / Public Health and Primary Care
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Frits Rosendaal

Prof. dr
Clinical Epidemiology
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Johanna (Anske) G. van der Bom

prof. dr.
Clinical Epidemiology

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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