Basic methods involved in researching the distribution and determinants of health/disease in populations. Core principles of epidemiology are examined, as are the various epidemiological approaches to study design. The latter include descriptive (cross-sectional and ecological), observational (case-control and cohort), and experimental (randomized controlled trials) approaches.
An applied statistics course covering practical topics in tests and confidence intervals for single and multiple samples, ANOVA, linear regression, correlations, methods for categorical data, and nonparametric methods. The lab uses statistical software. The course emphasizes analyzing data arising in life sciences using practical statistical methods.
An examination of an epidemiological research question chosen by the student with guidance from the supervisor. Project will involve review of the literature, development of a proposal, data collection and/or processing, data analysis, a written report and oral presentation. Students will be required to attend and report on seminars of their choosing from a number of venues across campus. Limited enrolment.
NOTE Acceptance by a supervisor required prior to registration.
NOTE Students whose research requires the care and/or handling of animals must also complete the Introductory Animal Care Course and if required the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the Office of the University Veterinarian.