Introductory Course in Epidemiology & Medical Statistics Short Course

Epidemiological research has become an important tool in the study of the aetiology and natural history of infectious and non-infectious diseases, and in assessing health effects in populations. This is a three week concentrated course on the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and medical statistics. The emphasis will be on the design and interpretation of epidemiological studies. Appropriate statistical methods will be integrated with the main epidemiological content, and practical sessions will make use of relevant computer software.

The School houses the largest academic group of epidemiologists, statisticians and demographers in Europe, and promotes an inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and research. The course will be taught by staff who have teaching and research experience extending across the major diseases of developed and developing countries.

Who should apply?

The course is relevant to clinicians and other graduates who work in medical research units, academic departments or health services. No previous formal training in epidemiology or statistics is required. Those who are confident in these methods may prefer to consider the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis in September. Both courses are intensive and a good command of the English language is essential.

Course fee

The fee for 2018 is £3,450.00

Course objectives

Course Content

The topics to be covered will include:

Design and analysis of epidemiological studies, including case-control, cohort, cross-sectional, intervention studies and clinical trials.

Statistical methods in epidemiology, including t-test, chi-square test, Mantel-Haenszel analysis, age standardization, simple linear regression and survival analysis.

Data analysis using Stata software.

Epidemiological strategies of disease control, including screening and epidemiological methods for infectious diseases.

Teaching will be through lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Seminar discussions will focus on current issues and controversies in epidemiology. The practical sessions will involve the analysis, interpretation and discussion in small groups of a variety of epidemiological studies, and participants will make use of the computer facilities available in the School. Stata will be the statistical software package used to gain an understanding of concepts.

Comprehensive information is given to participants but the following books are recommended for those interested in further reading:

  • Epidemiology in Medicine; CH Hennekens & JE Buring (Little Brown, 1987)
  • Essentials of Medical Statistics (2nd Edition); B Kirkwood (Blackwell Publishing, 2003)

Methods of assessment

There will be no formal examination, but a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those completing the course.

How to apply

Applying for this course



The student is responsible for obtaining any visa or other permissions to attend the course, and is encouraged to start the application process as early as possible as obtaining a visa for the UK can sometimes take a long time. The Short Courses team, in the Registry, can provide supporting documentation if requested.

Accommodation and meals

A list of hotels and other accommodation located in the vicinity of the School can be supplied on request to the Registry. Lunch can be purchased from the School's Refectory in the Keppel Street building or the cafe on the Tavistock Place building. Evening meals are not catered for at the School, but there is a large choice of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to improving global health through its programme of short and full-time postgraduate study.

Please note:

  • If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport) and without having obtained the correct visa.
  • It is essential that you read the current visa requirements for short course students.
  • The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient.  In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
  • The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.
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