MH3002 - Epidemiology I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours KALKULATOR

Course content

The course gives a basic introduction in epidemiological methods focusing on how we can study causes of disease in the population. Central tropics include study design, measuring disease occurrence and causal associations, as well as how to evaluate and handle systematic error. The course emphasizes the ability to understand and critically evaluate results of epidemiological studies.

Learning outcome


The student will gain in-depth knowledge of:

  • epidemiological study design and their strengths and weaknesses
  • measures of disease occurrence and causal effects
  • systematic error related to confounding, selection and measurement error
  • random error with a focus on the use and interpretation of confidence intervals and p-values

Additionally, the student will gain knowledge of:

  • basic methods to control confounding
  • basic methods to assess effect modification
  • diagnostic test properties and their application


The student can:

  • identify different study designs in epidemiological papers
  • identify possible sources of systematic error
  • calculate and interpret measures of disease occurrence and causal effects
  • summarize the results of statistical analyses intended to control confounding
  • calculate and interpret measure of diagnostic test validity, including sensitivity, specificity and predictive values

General competence

The student can:

  • summarize and critically appraise results from epidemiological studies with a focus on study design, the strength and precision of effects, and possible sources of systematic error
  • apply knowledge and skills in epidemiology for literature reviews, preventive public health actions, and for planning and conducting small research projects

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures and exercise during four block weeks.
  • Compulsory online exercises between block weeks.
  • Digital resources (e.g., videos, articles, assignments).

The course is taught in Norwegian in the fall semester and in English during the spring semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attandance at practice

Further on evaluation

Approved compulsory exercise activities are required to sit for the exam. If a student wants to re-sit the exam, approved compulsory activities are valid for three subsequent semesters after approval.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Public Health (MFHLS)
Public Health Nursing (MHELSP)

Course materials

Will be informed at the beginning of the course

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3002 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
BEV3024 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
HLS3553 4.0 AUTUMN 2018
HLS3557 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
MDHLS373 4.0 AUTUMN 2018
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiologi
  • Public Health
  • Statistics
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2023-12-08 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
M438 Eksamensrom 4.etg, Inngang D Mustad, Inngang D 1
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 4
SL215 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL271 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL430 Sluppenvegen 14 54
SL122 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2024-05-31 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 30
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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