4 day course

Course «Fundamental Concepts in Epidemiology»

Tuesday, 2018/11/27 - Friday, 2018/11/30

Prof. Albert Hofman

We are very pleased to announce the course Fundamental Concepts in Epidemiology by Albert Hofman which will take place Nov 27-30, 2018 here in Bern. Albert Hofman, MD, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Dr. Hofman was the chairman of the department of Epidemiology of the Erasmus Medical Center/Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 1988 until 2016. He has been science director of the graduate school Netherlands Institute for Health sciences (Nihes) since its start in 1990 until 2015.

Event organizer: ISPM Bern/SSPH+ PhD Program in Public Health
Speaker: Prof. Albert Hofman, MD, PhD Head Department of Epidemiology Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Boston, MA, USA
Date: 2018/11/27 - 2018/11/30
Time: 09:00 Time
Locality: tba
University Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
3000 Bern
Registration: Hier Anmelden
Characteristics: open to the public

This course will provide an orientation to health and medical research from a quantitative and epidemiological viewpoint. It will give an introduction to the design of public health and clinical research, and it will discuss measures of disease frequency and association, and the validity of research in medicine. The course will discuss recent developments in epidemiologic methods for public health and clinical research. It will review the various study designs and major issues in the validity of epidemiologic studies. It will give an overview of elements of epidemiologic data-analysis.

The purpose of this introductory class is to discuss the principles and methods of epidemiology for quantitative health research; to demonstrate their applicability in research in public health and clinical medicine; and to demonstrate the interrelations of public health and clinical research.

Epidemiologists, clinicians interested in research, public health scientists with an interest in public health or clinical medicine or both.

The course includes both didactic interactive lectures as well as exercises and practicals. The exercises will provide the opportunity to discuss, in greater depth, the principles covered in the lectures.

  • SSPH+ PhD Students 0.- CHF
  • PPHS PhD Students 0.- CHF
  • External MD/PhD Students 600.- CHF
  • External Academics 1700. - CHF
  • Industry 2500. - CHF

(The cost scheme depends on the Number of ECTS. Per ECTS participants are asked to pay 300,- CHF, 850, CHF or 1250,-CHF, respectively)


Preparation Work: 8 h, Contact: 4x6 h, home-work during the course: 12 h
(1 ECTS corresponds to appr. 25-30 hours workload)