Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Students 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.

The 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.
Transition None required - all students complete.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Students are required to have a background in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 4 Assignments worth 25% each
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EPID6500

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