EPID6500

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)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.
Content

The role of postmarketing drug evaluation; Voluntary reporting systems; Case control studies; Cohort studies; Automated data-bases; Systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Assumed Knowledge Students are required to have a background in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Assessment Items
  • In Term Test: Written exam
  • Written Assignment: Clinical Case Review Assignment
  • Written Assignment: Dispensing/Practical assessments
  • Written Assignment: Calculations assessment
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Contact hours are an indication only. Blackboard Discussion and Email Discussion as Required)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EPID6500

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