Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology

Course code EPID6500Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

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.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
ObjectivesStudents will develop:
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.
ContentThe role of postmarketing drug evaluation; Voluntary reporting systems; Case control studies; Cohort studies; Automated data-bases; Systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Replacing Course(s)EPID6500A and EPID6500B Multi Term Sequence courses.
TransitionNone required - all students complete.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are required to have a background in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments4 Assignments worth 25% each
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPID6500