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

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

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. Evaluation of diagnostic tests is also covered during the course.

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 estimation and interpretion of measures of disease occurrence, such as prevalence, incidence proportion and incidence rate
• has in-depth knowledge of estimation and interpretation of measures of association, such as risk ratio, risk difference, rate ratio, relative risk and odds ratio• has in-depth knowledge on the role of chance and systematic error in epidemiological studies and how these affect the results in these studies, with particularl focus on confounding, selection bias and information bias (measurement error)
• has knowledge about how statistical measures of uncertainty are estimated and interpreted
• has knowledge about the differences between the terms causal association (causality) and statistical association
• has knowledge of how effect modification (interaction) can be investigated and interpreted
• has knowledge about concepts related to screening and diagnostic testing
• are familiar with common methods for analysing epidemiological data when assessing confounding and effect modification
The student
• can estimate disease occurance and causal associations and interpret these in relation to effect size and precision
• 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 these occur and how they affect estimated causal associations
• can interpret common analysis methods used to asses confounding and effect modification in epidemiological studies
General competence
The student
• can summarize and critically appraise results from epidemiological studies, and consider how these relates to public health
• can apply knowledge of epidemiology when conducting literature reviews, reports, and data collection, as well as for planning and conducting simple 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

  • Mandatory attandance at practice

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


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 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

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 *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 KALKULATOR 2021-06-04 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100

Release 2020-12-04

Submission 2020-12-04

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

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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