BMS3023 : Epidemiology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of the module is to provide a broad based introduction to the study of epidemiology and to illustrate the underpinning methodologies with selected examples focussed on specific diseases and public health issues. The selection of these particular examples includes some areas of epidemiology in which Newcastle University has a very active research community.

• To provide an understanding of the purpose and use of epidemiology illustrated by using specific

• To provide an understanding of the different types of epidemiological study design and to
illustrate this with specific examples

• To provide an understanding of the limitations of epidemiological studies and to illustrate
with specific examples

• To provide an understanding of the epidemiology and aetiology of specific diseases

The module is designed to provide a basic understanding of epidemiological methods with real examples drawn from a range of infectious and chronic diseases.

Outline Of Syllabus

Study design
Bias and Confounding
Health Information
Ethics, confidentiality, governance
Genetic epidemiology
Molecular epidemiology
Life course epidemiology
Perinatal epidemiology
Chronic disease epidemiology (cancer, diabetes/obesity, old age)
Health inequalities
Exercise epidemiology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00The assessment preparation and revision for the assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture191:0019:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity195:0095:00Reading and updating on subject using references from lecturers, RECAP and other sources
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity140:0040:00Writing and reflection on lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide the majority of the knowledge base. Most will integrate information researchers have gathered from epidemiological studies and other relevant sources. Students will have an opportunity to consider and discuss real research topics and disease examples in the seminars. The lectures should stimulate the students to reflect and do further reading and the seminars are aimed to stimulate the students to reflect and critically consider research findings and their relation to the understanding of the epidemiology and aetiology of human disease.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Unseen examination (2 essays from a choice of 4)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Timed Essay (1hour)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examinations test the student’s knowledge and understanding of the subject. Both the timed essay and exam questions are designed to enable the students to critically evaluate the information they have accrued during the module and demonstrate the scope of their reading and the extent to which the have been able to understand it.

Reading Lists