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Medical Statistics & Epidemiology


Epidemiology is the study of the distributions and causes of disease in specified populations. Its scope encompasses acute and chronic illnesses including cancer and schizophrenia. Epidemiological principles and findings can be effectively used in the formulation of health policy and, increasingly, clinical practice. Epidemiologists develop and evaluate hypotheses about the effects of heredity, behaviour, environment, and health care factors on health, and develop the knowledge basis for disease prevention and control programmes.


This seminar is intended to provide an overview and introduction to the fundamentals of epidemiology for clinicians and health service workers involved in any aspect of public health. It has been designed for those with limited experience in epidemiology, who wish to become involved in the planning, implementation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research studies, using appropriate research designs.

Who Will Benefit From The Seminar?

This seminar will be useful to:

  • Any persons working within the NHS with an interest in research methodology and data analysis, and the application of research findings to clinical practice.

  • Health service workers such as those listed below:

    Clinicians                 Scientific Advisors
    R&D personnel        Project Managers 
    General Managers  Medical Directors
    Purchasers              Strategic Planners

Aims of The Seminar


There are three main aims to this tutorial:


  • To provide a clear understanding of the terminology and techniques used in epidemiology.

  • To examine the principles of epidemiology, including measurement issues and changing health, in clinical practice.

  • To illustrate, through worked examples, the efficacy of different research methodologies and methods of statistical and qualitative analysis.

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