Acquisition of knowledge on concepts and methods of epidemiology. Recognition of characteristics, advantages and limitations of the main types of study and aspects related to its planning. Recognize the main types of epidemiological measures. Understand the main types of error in epidemiology.
The objective of the course is to provide knowledge and comprehension on multivariable statistical models: (1) conceptual comprehension of the principles and practical applications of these models, (2) to be able to choose the appropriate analytical and model building strategy, discussing the different options for the inclusion of the variables, (3) understand and discuss the concepts of confounding and interaction, (4) to acquire practical knowledge how to realize an analysis and to interpret the results, using a statistical software.The student will acquire skills to select the appropriate multivariate statistical model for the scientific question under analysis; to know how to build the model and to implement it an statistical software; to critical analyse and interpret the results.
Acquisition of basic knowledge of demography and demographic analysis; acquisition of skills in the use of different data sources and in the calculation the main demographic measures; acquisition of skills in the application of analytical methods and techniques for analysing demographic data; understanding the demographic and epidemiological transition and the impact of population dynamics in public health.The student should be able to use different data sources and to calculate measures of mortality, fertility, migration and population growth and to use different methods for standardization of these indicators; should be able to interpret life tables; should be able to describe the demographic and epidemiological transitions and to assess the effect of population characteristics and growth in Public Health.
Lectures by specialists in topics related to the epidemiology of different groups of highly-frequent chronic diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, rheumatic diseases and diabetes) will allow students to know the specificities of each nosological group and the corresponding implications in the study of the burden of disease in the population. A lecture by primary care professionals will show the provider’s perspective of the management of chronic disease.
To gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the development and application of instruments for the evaluation of objective and subjective health determinants.
This unit aims to understand the contribution of qualitative methods for epidemiological research, exploring contexts of application and different methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation of data. Identifying contexts of application of qualitative methodology in health. To design a qualitative investigation. Identifying sampling techniques and methods of gathering information. Assessing the quality of qualitative research
To analyse the cultural, social, economic and political dimensions in health and medicine.