2023-2024 / EPID0110-3

Basis of Epidemiology


13h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in dentistry2 crédits 
 Bachelor in medicine2 crédits 


Olivier Bruyère, Nadia Dardenne, Anne-Françoise Donneau



Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

- Definition of epidemiology
- Objectives of epidemiology
- Assessment of normal and abnormal conditions
- Health indicators
- Critical analysis of the relationships between a risk factor and a disease
- Comparison of the various types of epidemiological studies
- Causality in medicine

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After this course, the student will be able to understand and define the basic concept of epidemiology. He/She will be able to understand and apply the appropriate methodology pertaining to a preparatory analysis of a health problem. He/She will be able to set up an epidemiological study, in full accordance with the methodological requirements. He/She will be able to calculate and describe the relative frequency and probability of disorders. He/She will understand and discus the basic principles of probability applied to the interpretation of quantitative results in medicine. He/She will identify the biases most frequently appearing in scientific papers and will be able to assess the importance of the effect generated by these biases. Eventually, he will be able to evaluate whether the techniques used for the quantitative assessment as well as the conclusion found in scientific publication are correct.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A critical analysis of a scientific article treating epidemiology will be required of the student.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face and/or distance theoretical lessons and practical exercises

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes will be available via myULiège.
Eléments d'épidémiologie. R. Beaglehole, R. Bonita, T. Kjellstrom - Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, Genève, 2e Edition: 2010 - ISBN 9242544469.
Medical Biostatistics and Epidemiology. D. Essex-Sorlie - Prentice-Hall International Inc, London, 1995 - ISBN 083856214-0.
Applied medical statistics using SAS. G. Der, B. Everitt - Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, 2013 - ISBN 9781439867976.   Surveillance épidémiologique : principes, méthodes et applications en santé publique. P. Astagneau, T. Ancelle, G. Brücker - Lavoisier, Paris, 2011 - ISBN 9782257204264.   Epidémiologie : principes et méthodes quantitatives. J. Bouyer, D. Hémon, S. Cordier - Tec & Doc Cachan : Éditions médicales internationales, Paris, 2009 - ISBN 9782743011673.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

The final examination (June and/or September) will take place as a written examination - QCM

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

For the examination procedures, please refer to the official rules available on the University website.


Jean-Yves REGINSTER, Professor Division of Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics Department of Public Health CHU SART-TILMAN Bât. B23 Tel. : +32 4 366 32 30 - Fax : +32 4 366 28 12 E-mail : spees@uliege.be

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