2023-2024 / SANT4006-1

Introduction to epidemiology


14h Th, 6h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)3 crédits 


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

The course will address in particular the following themes: - definition of epidemiology, - description of epidemiological approaches (descriptive, aetiological, evaluative) - definition, calculation, interpretation of measurements of frequency, - definition, calculation, interpretation of measurements of associations, - types of studies/epidemiological surveys, - sampling and sample size calculation, - sources of error in epidemiological studies, - diagnostic value of a test.
During the practical work sessions, exercises on the various themes listed above will be carried out using the statistical analysis software R and its various packages.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Introduce basic concepts in epidemiology. The importance of the use of appropriate statistical methods in designing public health surveys and epidemiological studies, as well as in analysing the results, will be stressed. Know how to use the R software for statistical analysis.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The student should master the basic concepts in Public health. The student must have taken the course of Biostatistique (STAT0730-2).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Courses and practical sessions.

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

Courses and practical sessions.

Recommended or required readings

Course materials and exercises will be available to students via the website MyULiège.
Recommended readings:
Albert, A 2013, Comment j'explore ... les différentes facettes statistiques des tables 2x2 en médecine, Rev Med Liege, 68(9): 470-478.
Bonita R, Beaglehole R, Kjellström T 2010, Eléments d'épidémiologie, 2nd ed, OMS.
Fleming ML & Parker E 2015, Introduction to Public Health, 3rd ed, Elsevier, Australia.


Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

Written exam on computer.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Sylvie STREEL : Sylvie.Streel@uliege.be Nadia DARDENNE : ndardenne@uliege.be

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