History of Epidemiologic Ideas [ESP53]
Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)
Prof. Alfredo Morabia
There is no prerequisite but the course covers material of increasing conceptual complexity as it moves from the 17th to the 21st century. Doctoral students usually benefit the most from the class, but, because the class is strictly conceptual – no statistical notions are required -, students without a statistical background usually get insights into methods and concepts (e.g., causal models) that are usually taught in a statistical way.
Detailed information about this course:
Faculty: Prof. Alfredo Morabia, MD PhD
Because of the key role it played in forecasting and modelling the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic, epidemiology is better known now by the public at large, but is it? What is epidemiology? The methods (group comparisons) and concepts (confounding, bias, interaction) of epidemiology have been developed through attempts to understand the causes of major epidemics of infectious diseases, as well as the epidemic rise of non-communicable diseases, from the 17th century through the 21st. Its unique combination of population thinking and group comparison has helped society to control and prevent these major scourges. The course reviews these epidemics and pandemics, and discusses their impact on the research methods and concepts taught today in epidemiology. The course is comprised of lecture by Alfredo Morabia, but students are requested to respond to short questions at the end of every lecture. The responses are discussed the next day in class.
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- Understand that epidemiologic methods and concepts are in constant evolution and transformation
- Link the plague, cholera, tuberculosis, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, and Covid-19, in their societal context, with the evolution of specific methods and concepts in epidemiology
- Develop an identity of epidemiologists aware of the history of their discipline
Clinical researchers, clinical epidemiologists, decision scientists, public health researchers, historians of science.
Reduction on fees
PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE RESEARCH MASTERS (120 EC points)
No fees are charged for participation of Erasmus MC PhD candidates
Please note that in case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.
50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES
This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.
University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:
- Department of Epidemiology
- Department of Public Health
- Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
- Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
- Department of Medical Informatics
- Department of General Practice
- Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
- Generation R
50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners
This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:
University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:
- General Paediatrics
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Rehabilitation Medicine
UMIT, Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Technology Assessment.
25% reduction on our fees for Erasmus MC employees
For participants formally appointed at all departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above and Erasmus MC PhD candidates).
25% reduction for all (international) PhD students without formal appointment at Erasmus MC
Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student.