Epidemiology course

A 12-week course, covering the principal foundations in Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics, organised by the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Manchester.  

Course aims and objectives

This course aims to give participants an overview of the general principals of epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and introductory biostatistics. By the end of the course participants will be equipped to identify and implement appropriate study designs to address scientific hypotheses and to analyse the resulting data, and to critically appraise the work of others.

Course dates

2019 dates TBA

Course content

  • Study design
  • Measuring disease frequency
  • Causality and risk
  • Bias and confounding
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Introduction to biostatistics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Writing a protocol and applying for ethics
  • Critical appraisal of a manuscript

Who is the course intended for?

The course is intended for clinicians, researchers, PhD students, public health specialists and health care professionals. No previous formal training in epidemiology or statistics is required.

Course Costs

Staff within the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research - £0

University of Manchester Postgraduate Students- £TBA

University of Manchester Staff - £TBA

Non University of Manchester Staff - £TBA

Course structure

Teaching sessions

  • The course will commence the first Tuesday in February.
  • The course will comprise of 12 interactive sessions. Candidates will be required to attend all sessions.
  • All sessions will take place on a Tuesday afternoon 1pm-4pm (unless otherwise stated at the start of the course)
  • Each session will involve a lecture in the first half of the session followed by a short break. In the second half of the session a practical exercise will be set.
  • There will be a “question and answer” session at the end of the course to discuss issues arising from the material presented in the course. There will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss their own research.

Method of Assessment

  • The last session of the course will be a 3 hour written exam.
  • The exam will consist of a single paper covering aspects of the course and will have three sections.
    • Section A - multiple choice questions/open questions.
    • Section B – basic statistics questions.
    • Section C - critical appraisal exercise.
    • In addition, participants are required to write a study protocol and complete and ethics application form which will be marked and part of the total mark.
  • All participants attending the course will be expected to sit the examination.
  • A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all participants who complete the course/examination.


Further information

For further information including course fees, or to register, please contact:
Suzanne Verstappen
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5663

Please note that places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.
Closing date for applications: TBA