Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2017/18 
Vakcode  WMMP13001 
Vaknaam  Pharmacoepidemiology 
Niveau(s)  master 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester I b 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Pharmacoepidemiology  
Leerdoelen  At the end of the course, the student is able to: 1) The student is able to reproduce and describe: the basic concepts of epidemiology (e.g. measures of frequency and associations, research focus as etiology, diagnostics, prognostics and intervention, main study designs, causality theory, validity and generalizability, basic dataanalysis techniques, systematic and random errors, effect modification, and basic pharmacoeconomic concepts). 2) The student can evaluate the main research question, study design, study population, sources of information, exposure and outcome, misclassification and types of biases (information bias, selection bias and confounding) in a pharmacoepidemiological study paper. 3) The student is able to calculate frequency measures, lifetables, association measures, standardized effect measures (direct and indirect) and MantelHaenszel stratification measures. 4) The student can evaluate the pros and cons of different study designs (e.g. RCT, casecontrol, cohort, prevalence study) and quality of measure instruments. 5) The student is able to calculate confidence intervals for different frequency measures and association measures and to understand their value in relation to pvalues. 6) The student is able to understand and judge elementary statistics such as statistical distributions and statistical testing, and knows the basics of multivariate regression analysis such as linear, logistic and Coxregression analysis and can perform multivariate logistic regression. 7) The student has basic knowledge about data collection methods and can examine study data using a statistical program and can interprete the statistical output. 8) The student is able to critically review a pharmacoepidemiological study (article) and to evaluate its quality. 

Omschrijving  This is an english taught course equivalent to the dutch bachelor course farmacoepidemiologie (bachelor programma farmacie). In the study guide this course is diplayed as 'pharmacoepidemiology UK'. : Introduction in the pharmacoepidemiology which forms the basis for the conceptual basic understanding and judgement of pharmacoepidemiological research as presented in the scientific literature. The following questions will be central: 1. What is the research question? Why is this question of interest to pharmacists? What is already known in the literature? 2. What study design has been chosen and why? What is the definition of the study population? Which in and exclusion criteria are used? Why? 3. What are according to the student and the authors the potential strengths and shortcomings of the study? How can the conclusion be interpreted? 4. What do the results of the study mean for clinical practice? The following topics will be touched upon during the lectures and practicals: position of pharmacoepidemiology within pharmacy, frequency measures, spontaneous reporting systems, sources of information, record linkage, databases, study designs and risk measures, bias and confounding, causality, literature review, pharmacoeconomics and how do I appraise a pharmacoepidemiological study article. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm  Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)  
Toetsvorm  Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Tussentoets (IT)  
Vaksoort  master  
Coördinator  prof. dr. E. Hak  
Docent(en)  and others ,prof. dr. E. Hak ,prof. dr. M.J. Postma ,dr. C.C.M. SchuilingVeninga  
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Entreevoorwaarden  The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from (BSC Life Sciences, year 3), and Medical Statistics/Biostatistics elementary course at BSc level. BSc LS&T: Major Medisch Farmaceutische Wetenschappen, jaar 3, keuze Vergelijkbare BSc of Master opleiding 

Opmerkingen  Students who accomplished the equivalent course farepi (= farmacoepidemiologie) in their bachelor programme cannot take this course in the master programme and need to follow 5 ECTS other relevant MSc course. Minimum number of students 3 

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