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Clinical epidemiology

Code: PDCCV_19     Acronym: PDCCV_19

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Public Health

Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Physiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Department
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Programm in Cardiovascular Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDCCV 3 Ciências Cardiovasculares_13 1 - 3 13,5 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Ana Azevedo Cardoso de Oliveira

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 0,71
Theoretical and practical : 0,25
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 0,71
Ana Azevedo Cardoso de Oliveira 0,71
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 0,25
Ana Azevedo Cardoso de Oliveira 0,25

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Cover the methodologies used to evaluate quantitavely the validyt and precision of diagnostic tests, allowing the students to make evidencebased decisions regarding the usefulness of a specific diagnostic test in a specific patient.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students are expected to use the principles of Epidemiology in the study of groups of patients, namely to evaluate the usefulness of diagnostic tests, the effect of screening programmes and the validity of tools for the prediction of prognosis.

Working method



Diagnosis probabilistic reasoning; defining abnormality
Precision and validity of diagnostic tests
Sensitivity and specificity
Random variation, biological and due to measurement
Screening and case finding
Discrimination and calibration of scores for risk prediction in prognosis
Clinical epidemiology at the basis of decisions in individual patients

Mandatory literature

Fletcher, R. H., Fletcher, S. W., & Fletcher, G. S.; Clinical epidemiology: the essentials., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., 2012
Haynes, R. B., Sackett, D. L.,Guyatt, G. H., & Tugwell P.; Clinical epidemiology: how to do clinical practice research., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., 2006

Comments from the literature

These classical books, which are extremely up-to-date
regarding the concepts and methods, will be complemented with original research articles whose discussion requires the application of the knowledge and
competences that are expected to be acquired.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures and TP.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 100,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation by individual exercise (problems/essay).
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