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Epidemiology and biostatistics

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: MPH221
Spring 2021
100% Day
Period: 18 January 2021 - 24 March 2021
2 Opens 15 September GU-20552
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The course  will  focus  on two main components in public health science, biostatistics and epidemiology. Biostatistics is the application of statistics to the collection, summarization, and analysis of data as well as the interpretation and conclusion of the results. During this course, the students will learn how to collect, manage, and visualize a wide variety of data and appropriate biostatistical methods such as probability distributions, estimations, power and sample size, and regression, that are relevant to study area.

In order for students to be able to build practical skills in statistics and analysis, compulsory computer labs with statistical software are maintained throughout the course.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states and events in defined populations. In this course, students will learn to understand principles, methods, strengths and limitations of epidemiologic study designs and will attain how to plan for public health scientific research and interpret epidemiologic findings.

They will also understand how to effectively communicate research to lay and professional audiences, and apply the findings to the development of epidemiological studies. The course will also introduce scientific theoretical and ethical perspectives on epidemiological research, such as how quality can be understood and assured on the basis of scientific and ethical principles.

Finally, the course prepares for more advanced courses in biostatistics and epidemiology and it gives students the opportunity to start planning and developing research questions for their upcoming thesis.

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Course Syllabus


Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180 credits or equivalent, within the main areas of health science or social science. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 36 000 SEK
First payment: 36 000 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Study Guidance

Therese Johansson,
E-mail: therese.johansson.2@gu.se
Phone: +46 (0)31 - 786 3653
Phone hours: Monday - Thursday, 13.00 - 14.00
Visiting address Medicinaregatan 3 
Drop in: Tuesday: 14.00 - 16.00


Institute of Medicine
Box 428
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 3, plan 5

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