Basic concepts of epidemiology. At the end of the course, students should be able to describe and explain how epidemiological methods are used to identify public health problems, to plan and evaluate public health interventions. Students should be able to read and interpret a scientific paper.
Course contents summary
Definition, scope and uses of epidemiology.
Definition, scope and uses of epidemiology
The role of epidemiology in planning and evaluating public health interventions
The sources of the statistical-epidemiological data
Descriptive epidemiological measures
Ecological studies, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, experimental studies
Epidemiological study design.
Bias in epidemiology.
Signorelli C. Igiene, Epidemiologia e Sanità Pubblica. Roma: Società Editrice Universo, 2011.