Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology

Course code EPID6500
Not available in 2016


Provides students with core training in appropriate methods for pharmacoepidemiology. The role of post-marketing drug surveillance and voluntary drug reporting systems are examined. Study methodologies explored in this course include cohort studies, case control studies, and meta-analysis of observational studies.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

1. An appreciation of the importance of systematic evaluation of drug effects following licensing.

2. The strengths and weaknesses of voluntary report systems for detecting and evaluating adverse drug effects.

3. The strengths and limitations of controlled observational designs in quantifying drug effects.

4. The role of systematic review and meta-analysis in making an overview of pharmacoepidemiological studies.

5. The capacity to perform critical appraisals of published observational studies and systematic reviews.


The role of postmarketing drug evaluation; Voluntary reporting systems; Case control studies; Cohort studies; Automated data-bases; Systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are required to have a background in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Written exam

Written Assignment: Clinical Case Review Assignment

Written Assignment: Dispensing/Practical assessments

Written Assignment: Calculations assessment

Contact Hours