Summer Institute in Epidemiology

Summer 2019

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 program 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.


affiliated_student_application_form-summer2019.pdf (pdf, 194.72 KB)
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Introduction to Biostatistics

August 12-August 16, 2019
Instructors: Marie-Hélène Roy-Gagnon, Steven Hawken, Joycelyne Ewusie

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).  


Introduction to Epidemiology

August 19-August 23, 2019
Instructors: Ellen Freeman, Deshayne Fell, Julian Little, Lise Dubois, Faizan Khan, Beth Potter, J.P. Chaput, Kahina Abdesselam, Linda Pelude

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). 


Important Information:

  • Location at Alta Vista Campus: 600 & 850 Peter Morand Cres. room TBA. Map
  • 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 15, 2019.
  • Fees: All fees must be received by July 15, 2019.  Fees are payable by cash, cheque (payable to the University of Ottawa), or credit card (additional 2% convenience fee applicable for credit card transactions). 
  • $1200 for 5-day course or $2100 for both 5-day courses*
  • Parking is available at $17.50 per day including HST
  • Please mail your cheque to: School of Epidemiology and Public Health, 600 Peter Morand Crescent, Room 101G, Ottawa, ON, K1G 5Z3
  • Prices include HST.
  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made after July 15, 2019 will incur a $25.00 administration fee + cost of textbook (if applicable).


*Note: Course fees are $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 (i.e. copy of acceptance letter) in the parent program must be submitted with the registration form.

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