MH3002 - Epidemiology I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

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 study design and how we can study causes of disease in the population. Central tropics includes measuring disease occurrence and causal associations, as well as evaluating systematic error due to confounding, selection and information bias. The course emphasizes the ability to understand and critically evaluate results of epidemiological studies.

Learning outcome


The student:

  • has in-depth knowledge of epidemiological study design and their strengths and weaknesses
  • has in-depth knowledge of measures of disease occurrence
  • has in-depth knowledge of measures of associations
  • has in-depth knowledge of systematic error related to confounding, selection and measurement error
  • has knowledge of basic methods to reduce confounding
  • has knowledge of random error and how to interpret statistical measures of uncertainty
  • has knowledge of the differences between a causal association (causality) and statistical association
  • has knowledge of how effect modification (interaction) can be investigated and interpreted
  • has knowledge of concepts and simple calculations related to diagnostic tests and screening


The student:

  • can identify different study designs and evaluate their suitability for specific research aims
  • can calculate and interpret different measures of disease occurrence and causal associations
  • can identify sources of systematic error and explain how these may affect the results from epidemiological studies
  • can interpret results from stratified analyses and regression analyses to asses confounding and effect modification
  • can calculate and interpret basic diagnostic test properties  

General competence

The student:

  • can summarize and critically appraise results from epidemiological studies
  • can 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 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

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 2021

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiologi
  • Public Health
  • Statistics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2021-12-10 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL311 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 34
S310 Smaragd 1
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 KALKULATOR 2022-06-03 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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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