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General introduction to occupational health. Module 2a: Introductory epidemiology

This interactive course provides all of the basic principles of occupational epidemiology. Students are instructed to critically evaluate studies of other investigators, but also apply epidemiologic principles in own studies.

The course consists of one module. It covers such items as prevalence and incidence, measures of effect, Odds Ratio, standardization, sources of data, study design, precision, validity, confounding, and causality. The knowledge is evaluated by critical appraisal of a research paper.

The understanding of some chapters can be tested interactively. Feedback is given on the correct answers.

The material is presented interactively and meant for students at university level.



Original Authors:

Prof. Jonny Myers

Original affiliation, ownership:

University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Cape Town

Year of publication:

Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

graduate students, non-OSH-expert professionals, OSH experts; or in training

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Has to be studied

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

Not precisely indicated. It is possible to do the module in a few days. The module has several exercises (first part) and ends up with an evaluation of a scientific paper by the learner.


The module is part of the two year course for the Postgraduate diploma in Occupational Health of the University of Cape Town.

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