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5. 1. 3. Epidemiology, Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics

Third Clinical Year, Module offering 8x per year

ECTS-Credits: 4

Duration: 2 weeks

Language of Instruction: German

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  1. Content
    • Epidemiology: Basics of Epidemiology, epidemiological parameters, descriptive epidemiology, epidemiological study designs; planning, conduct and analysis of epidemiological studies.
    • Medical Biometry: Basic principles of empirical research, evaluation of therapies and diagnostic measures, identification of prognostic factors, evidence based medicine
    • Medical Informatics: Data: capture, types, standardization, coding (ICD, DRGs, etc.), quality, multiple use; knowledge: sources, research, quality; information systems: components, safe operation, scenarios of support of patient care, especially image processing
  2. Aims
    • Epidemiology: Understanding of epidemiological principles; understand epidemiological studies and being able to interpret them. Understand limitations and options to show causal relationships within epidemiological research.
    • Medical Biometry: Understanding of basic principles of empirical research and the contribution of biometrical/statistical methods, application of exemplary statistical methods, interpretation of results of empirical research
    • Medical Informatics: Appreciation of the value of high quality data and up-to-date knowledge for patient care; awareness that good data and good information structures don't emerge unless physicians contribute
  3. Prerequisites
    • Attendance and passing of the test of the course "Propaedeutics in Medical Biometry"
  4. Teaching methods
    • Lecture with integrated exercises, short presentation by students, practical course
  5. Examination /Assessment methods
    • Written test
  6. Recommended reading
    • Altman, D. G.: Practical Statistics for Medical Research. Chapman and Hall London, 1991
    • Trampisch, H.J. und Windeler, J.: Medizinische Statistik. Springer Verlag Heidelberg, 1997
    • Beaglehole R, Bonita R, Kjellström T. Einführung in die Epidemiologie. Bern: Huber 1997
    • Kreienbrock L, Schach S. Epidemiologische Methoden. Stuttgart/Jena: Gustav Fischer Verlag, 2. aktualisierte Auflage 1997.
    • Dos Santos Silvia. Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods. Lyon: International Agency for Research on Cancer 1999.