Summer Institute in Epidemiology

Summer 2017

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The School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa announces the availability of several non-credit summer courses in the science of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. These courses provide an introduction to the field and are offered in late August to address needs in three domains:

  • students requiring an overview background in epidemiology or biostatistics prior to enrolling in another degree (e.g. the doctoral programme in population health);
  • students interested in learning about epidemiology or biostatistics before deciding if they want to embark on graduate study of the field;
  • people requiring an understanding of epidemiology or biostatistics to support other work or study.  

Intensive Introduction to Systematic Reviews

July 20-July 21, 2017

Instructors: Tanya Horsley, Margaret Sampson and Nick Barrowman

Systematic reviews are the cornerstone of evidence-informed healthcare and have long been considered an important source of evidence for clinical decision-making.  This course will provide an introduction to key systematic review methods and constructs.  Course foci include an introduction to the various types of research syntheses and strengths and weaknesses among different approaches, how to formulate your research question, resourcing your systematic review, protocol development, searching for evidence, risk of bias assessment, meta-analysis, and software to support conducting your systematic review.  No previous experience is required.  This course is intended for individuals who are interested in understanding how to conduct a systematic review and those who want to increase their ability to interpret and inform their practice through the use of research syntheses.  This is a 2-day course (8:30-3:30pm). 

Introduction to Epidemiology

August 14-August 18, 2017

Instructor: Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon, Ian Colman, Deshayne Fell, Yue Chen, Ellen Freeman, Ann Jolly

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and health in a defined population.  This course will provide an introduction to key epidemiological concepts and methods.  The course will focus on public health epidemiology, including a stream on public health infectious disease and outbreak investigation.  Core research designs will be discussed and problems related to bias and confounding will be examined.  Current trends in incidence, prevention, mortality and morbidity for important diseases in Canada will be reviewed.  No previous experience with epidemiology is required.  Some knowledge of human health would be an advantage. This is a 5-day course (approx 8:30-5pm).

Introduction to Biostatistics

August 21-August 25, 2017

Instructors: Monica Taljaard

Biostatistics is a core field required for conducing health research.  This course will provide the core knowledge required by students who plan to undertake further study of biostatistics or health research.  The course will cover the following topics: Concepts of probability, probability distributions (binomial, Poisson  and normal), Type I and Type II errors and statistical power, confidence intervals, theory and practice of estimation and hypothesis testing for proportions and means (Chi-square, z-test and t-test, correlation coefficient and simple linear regression.  There are no formal pre-requisites for the course, but the students should be able to handle simple mathematical concepts of Algebra and Calculus (at the high school level). This is a 5-day course (approx. 9-5pm).  

Important Information:

  • Location to be determined. 
  • Course notes and textbook (where applicable) are included.
  • Contact us at (613) 562-5410 with additional questions.
  • REGISTRATION DATE: Registration deadline without late fee is July 14, 2017.
  • Fees: All fees must be received by July 14, 2017.  Fees are payable by cash, cheque (payable to the University of Ottawa), or credit card (additional 2% merchant fee applicable for credit card transactions). 
  • $700 for 2-day course, $1075 per 5-day course or $2050 for both 5-day courses*
  • Prices include HST.

*Note: Course fees are $500 for a single 2-day course, $800 for a single 5-day course or $1500 for both 5-day courses for students registered full-time in an affiliated graduate program at the University of Ottawa (MSc Epidemiology, Medical Residency Program, PhD Population Health or Population Health Risk Assessment and Management Graduate Certificate). Proof of registration in the parent program must be submitted with the registration form.

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