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KAFP 3595 - Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


As this is an introductive lecture, there is no indispensable prerequisite. Nevertheless, basic knowledge in Probability and Statistics would be an asset for the understanding of the concepts introduced along the course.

Course Description

In this course, students will be first given an overview of methods and statistical tools routinely used in epidemiology, emphasizing interpretation and concepts rather than calculation. Key notions will be introduced through practical examples from various real-life situations linked to Global Health problems. In a second part, students will focus on key issues of critical reading of scientific articles and develop abilities to assess the quality and robustness of scientific articles in the field of epidemiology and Global Health. Methods to evaluate study designs, methods for data collection and analysis and reporting of results will be presented.


LAZARUS, Clément (technical advisor, Ministry of Health, France)

Pedagogical format

Each lecture will start with a group presentation from the students. Sessions will continue as regular courses. Participation will be encouraged through discussions on methodological problems raised by concrete examples from the field of Global Health.

Course validation

At the first lecture, students will have to choose in a list of proposition a topic to address in group presentations during the first part of the course. Each student will also have to choose a scientific article and write a short essay on their critical reading of the article. Participation will account for 10% of the final note.


The bibliography of the next session will be given to the student at the end of the previous lecture.

Required reading

Ancelle (Thierry), Statistique, Epidémiologie, Paris, Maloine, 2011