EPIDEMIOLOGY

Degree course: 
Corso di Long single cycle degree (6 years) in MEDICINE AND SURGERY
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2017/2018
Year: 
4
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2020/2021
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Credits: 
1
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
10
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (10 hours)
Requirements: 

The student should have a scientific background in statistics, research methodology, including knowledge of evidence-based medicine, and notions of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic.

The exam consists of an oral examination. The objective of the examination is to verify the level of achievement of the previously indicated educational objectives, evaluating the level of knowledge and in-depth study of the topics addressed.
In particular, it will be evaluated the knowledge of the topics, the comprehension / discussion skills of the topics connected to it and the mastery of the scientific language proper to the field of reference and the clarity of expression. The vote is expressed in thirtieths (single vote of the integrated course Medicine and Public Health).

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The course aims to provide the students with:
- the criteria of cause-effect in medicine
- the principal types of epidemiological studies and their validity
- the epidemiological measures and principles of statistical analysis related to the measures.

PART I. METHODOLOGY IN EPIDEMIOLOGY
1.Principal epidemiological study: observational study, cross-sectional study, case-control study, cohort study, ecological study
2.Measure of frequency: prevalence, incidence, incidence rate
3.Measure of association: Relative risk, odds ratio, absolute risk, attributable risk

PART II. STUDY VALIDITY
1.Bias e confounding: selection bias, information bias, confounding
2.Interaction and mediation of effect
3.Methods for confounding control: sample identification, data collection, randomization, restriction, matching, stratified and multivariate analysis.

PART III. INFORMATIVE SOURCES OF DATA
1.Registry: cancer registry, stroke registry.

PARTE IV. EVALUATION OF EFFICACY
1.Clinical trials: design, equivalence trial, ethical aspect
2.Concept of statistical inference: confidence intervals, p value, power and sample size of the study.
3.The reviews: bibliographic search, metanalysis, systematic review

KJ Rothman, S Greenland. Modern Epidemiology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, 1998

Epidemiologia e Management in Sanità – Elementi di metodologia, II edizione 2015. Manzoli L, Villari P, Boccia A. Edi-ermes

Lessons with slides projection, examples and exercises

Copies of slides presented in classes are available on e-learning. The teacher is available for students on Tuesdays from 14:00 to 16:00, by appointment or via skype on Friday from 14.00 to 16.00.
Email:licia.iacoviello@uninsubria.it
Skype conct: licia.iacoviello

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