Please forward this e-mail to any colleagues who may be interested.
For further details, please contact the course administrator, Phoebe
Roome (details at the end of this e-mail).
LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL MEDICINE
Epidemiology in Public Health
Sixth Summer School
Cracow, 5-16 July 1999
Advanced statistical methods : Assessment of epidemiological evidence
Geographical methods\GIS : Water-related health risks
This popular annual summer school, previously held in Prague, offers
intensive tuition in epidemiological methods and environmental health.
Based on participatory teaching methods, it is aimed at professionals
engaged in research, training or the practice of public and
Past students, mainly drawn from Central and Eastern Europe, have
included public health physicians, communicable and non-communicable
disease epidemiologists, environmental scientists, health service
planners, and academics working in these fields. The course is
designed primarily with the health needs of Eastern and Western Europe
in mind, but is open to participants from all countries.
The course will be held in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Preventive
Medicine of the Jagellonian University, one of Europe's oldest
universities. The Faculty is located close to the historic city
centre of Cracow.
The course is taught over two weeks with a weekend break. In the
first week participants take either the Foundation or Advanced course
in epidemiology depending on previous experience. In the second week
they choose one of four Workshops: geographical methods in environment
and health research; advanced statistical methods; assessment of
epidemiological evidence; and water-related health risks. Spanning
the course there is a series of keynote lectures for all participants
on issues of current interest.
THE FOUNDATION COURSE covers basic principles of modern epidemiology,
including: Measures of disease and effect : Principles of cohort and
case-control studies : Intervention studies, including clinical trials
: Confounding and bias : Significance tests and confidence intervals
for epidemiological measure : Principles of disease screening and
surveillance : Evaluating causality.
THE ADVANCED COURSE is aimed at people who have already had basic
training in epidemiological methods and some experience of data
analysis. It will go more deeply into conceptual issues and
interpretation, including: Advanced aspects of study design : Design
and analysis of cohort and case-control studies: Stratification and
confounding : Sample size and statistical power : Sources of bias:
Misclassification of disease and exposure : Designs for detecting
environmental risks: Interpretation of epidemiological data.
Geographical methods in environment and health research: use of
Geographical Information Systems (GIS); small area analysis;
investigations of disease clusters and clustering; assessment of
health impact of environmental exposures; environmental health
Advanced statistical methods: application of Poisson, logistic,
conditional logistic and Cox regression models; introduction to
likelihood; statistical issues in clinical trials and meta-analysis.
Assessment of epidemiological evidence: identification, critical
appraisal and synthesis of key epidemiological evidence; methods for
systematic review and meta-analysis; assessment of public health
Water-related Health Risks: water-borne infections; chemical
contamination; health risks; control measures.
Teaching staff will be from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine (LSHTM), together with the WHO European Centre for
Environment and Health (WHO-ECEH), the WHO Office of Global and
Integrated Environmental Health, and McMaster University, Canada.
LANGUAGE AND TEACHING METHODS
The language of the course will be English. Participants are expected
to have a good grasp of written and spoken English. In addition to
lectures much of the course will comprise computer prac-ticals and
small group tutorial work, in which the emphasis is on student
participation and prob-lem solving.
PC-based computer facilities will be used throughout the course with
expert support. Students on the Foundation course will use EPI-INFO;
those on the Advanced course the statistical software package STATA 5.
No previous experience is necessary.
ORGANISATION AND FUNDING
The course is run as a collaboration between the London School of
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and WHO-ECEH, in conjunction with the
Jagellonian University, Cracow. Core funding has been provided by the
WHO-ECEH, the Soros Foundation, the International Centre for Stud-ies
and Research in Biomedicine, and the Canadian International
Accommodation has been arranged in the university hostel close to
Cracow city centre.
The course fee is œ980. This includes all course materials,
accommodation, lunch and four evening receptions. Participants are
expected to make their own travel arrangements to Cracow. For
participants from Central and Eastern Europe the course fee is œ270
thanks to generous funding. Limited financial assistance may be
available for a small number of participants unable to raise funds
from other sources. Local British Council and Soros Foundation
offices will be circulated with information about the course and
potential participants should approach them directly for funding.
For further information and application form please contact:
Phoebe Roome (Course Administrator)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT
Tel: +44 171 927 2278 Fax: +44 171 323 4562 e-mail:
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Deadline for applications: 23 April 1999