Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

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

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

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


Module 1: The role of postmarketing drug evaluation

Module 2: Voluntary reporting systems

Module 3: Case control studies in pharmacoepidemiology

Module 4: Cohort studies in pharmacoepidemiology

Module 5: Automated data-bases in pharmacoepidemiology

Module 6: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis in pharmacoepidemiology

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment / Essay 1 - 25%

Written Assignment: Written Assignment / Essay 2 - 25%

Written Assignment: Written Assignment / Essay 3 - 25%

Written Assignment: Written Assignment / Essay 4 - 25%