MH3002 - Epidemiology I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 3 hours KALKULATOR

Course content

The course gives a basic introduction in epidemiological methods focusing on study design and how we can study causes of disease in the population. Measuring disease occurrence, as well as the strength and precision of causal associations are central topics. Assessing systematic error due to confounding, selection and information bias are also central, and how these can influence the validity of the results. Analyses dealing with effect modification and confounding will be taught, as well as diagnostic tests and how these can be evaluated. The students will get a introduction to statistical analyses suitable for epidemiological data, such as regression and survival analyses.

The course will be taught in Norwegian during the autumn semester and in English in the spring semester

Learning outcome

The student…
• has in-depth knowledge of observational study design and their strengths and weaknesses
• has in-depth knowledge of estimating and interpreting measures of disease occurrence, and in estimating the strength and precision of causal associations
• has in-depth knowledge on the role of chance and systematic error in epidemiological studies, and particularly on confounding, selection bias and information bias (measurement error)
• has knowledge of effect modification and are familiar with terms such as biological and statistical interaction
• has knowledge about concepts related to screening and diagnostic testing
• are familiar with common methods for analysing epidemiological data, and can evaluate under which conditions different methods are useful

The student…
• can estimate causal associations and interpret these in relation to effect size, precision and validity
• can calculate and interpret diagnostic test properties such as sensitivity, specificity and predictive values
• can identify sources of systematic error, such as confounding, selection bias and information bias, and explain how to these can be handled
• can do regression analyses (logistic regression and Cox regression) and non-parametric survival analyses (Kaplan-Meier), and interpret the results from these emphasizing effect size, precision, and systematic error.

General competence
The student
• can summarize and evaluate results from epidemiological studies, and appraise how these relates to public health
• can apply knowledge of epidemiology for conduction literature reviews, reports, and data collection, as well as for planning and conduction of smaller research projects

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures during the semester.
Lectures and group work/exercises
The course will be taught in Norwegian in the fall semester and in English during the spring semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatorisk deltakelse på øvinger

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Advanced Clinical Nursing (VAKSP)
Cancer Nursing (VKRESP)
Clinical Health Science (MKLIHEL)
Clinical Nursing (MKLISP)
Global Health (MSPUHE)
Human Movement Sciences (MBEV)
Intensive Care Nursing (VISP)
Nurse Anaesthesia (VASP)
Operating Room Nursing (VOSP)
Paediatric Nursing (VBASP)
Pharmacy (MFARMASI)
Physical Activity and Health (MSPAHE)
Public Health (MFHLS)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a master's programme at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU.

Course materials

To be announced

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3002 7.5 01.09.2018
BEV3024 7.5 01.09.2018
HLS3553 4.0 01.09.2018
HLS3557 7.5 01.09.2018
MDHLS373 4.0 01.09.2018
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2019

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiologi
  • Public Health
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
  • Statistics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 KALKULATOR 2019-12-10 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Eksamensrom Mustad, Inngang D 10
SU206 Sukkerhuset 14
SU204 Sukkerhuset 40
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 KALKULATOR 2020-06-09 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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