Epidemiology for Public Health Specialization
Design and Critique Epidemiological Research. Develop skills that will allow you to conduct and critically assess research in epidemiology
About this Specialization
Thousands of new epidemiological studies are conducted every year and their results can have a profound impact on how we live our lives. Decisions regarding the food you eat, how much you exercise, where you live and what treatment you will follow if you get sick are made based on data from such studies. This specialization aims to equip you with the skills that will allow you to correctly interpret epidemiological research, consider its limitations, and design your own studies.
The first course of the specialization, Measuring Disease in Epidemiology, looks into the main measures used in epidemiology and how these can inform decisions around public health policy, screening, and prevention.
The second course, Study Designs in Epidemiology, provides an overview of the most common study designs, their strengths, and limitations.
The third course, Validity, and Bias in Epidemiology builds on the fundamental concepts taught in the previous courses to discuss bias and confounding and how they might affect study results. It also provides the essential skills to prevent and control bias and confounding and critically think about causality.
At the end of this specialization, you will have gained the essential skills to design and critique epidemiological research and you will be able to pursue more advanced courses in epidemiology. Although this specialization is part of the GMPH programme, it can be taken independently of the GMPH.
School of Public Health
Dr Filippos Filippidis is a Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at the School of Public Health and co-Director of Imperial College’s Master of Public Health. He has studied Medicine and Health Promotion and Education at the University of Athens, in Greece, and has earned an MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a focus on Quantitative Methods. His PhD thesis explored the effects of the recent economic crisis in the epidemiology of obesity, smoking, diet and physical activity. His current research focuses on the epidemiology of tobacco use and the evaluation of tobacco control policies in Europe and other regions. He has a keen interest in education; he holds a PG Diploma in University Learning and Teaching and has been teaching Epidemiology at Imperial College and in higher education institutions in Greece for a number of years.