Master's degree in Rehabilitation Science in Healthcare Professions

Epidemiology and statistics (2019/2020)

Course code
4S01896
Credits
8
Coordinator
Maria Elisabetta Zanolin

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
STATISTICA PER LA RICERCA SPERIMENTALE 2 SECS-S/02-STATISTICS FOR EXPERIMENTAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LMSRPS - 1° ANNO 1° SEM. Giuseppe Verlato
METODOLOGIA DELLA RICERCA SOCIALE 2 SECS-S/05-SOCIAL STATISTICS LMSRPS - 1° ANNO 1° SEM. Elhassan Makil
STATISTICA MEDICA ED EPIDEMIOLOGIA 2 MED/01-MEDICAL STATISTICS LMSRPS - 1° ANNO 1° SEM. Maria Elisabetta Zanolin
SISTEMI DI GESTIONE INFORMATIZZATA DEI DATI NELLE ORGANIZZAZIONI 2 ING-INF/05-INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS LMSRPS - 1° ANNO 1° SEM. Davide Adamoli

Syllabus

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MM: STATISTICA PER LA RICERCA SPERIMENTALE
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INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY Definition of Epidemiology: epidemiology as the science of prevention. Epidemiologic transition during the XX century. Outcome, parameter of occurrence, determinant, occurrence relation MEASURES OF DISEASE FREQUENCY The disease as a status or an event: prevalence and incidence Cumulative incidence and incidence rate Relation between incidence, duration and prevalence MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION Risk Difference, Relative Risk, Etiologic fraction, Odds Ratio STANDARDIZATION Direct and indirect standardization CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP IN EPIDEMIOLOGY Deterministic and probabilistic approach to cause-effect relationship. Hill’s causal criteria, Rothman’s “causal pie model”. Confounder and effect modifier. MAIN ERRORS IN EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES Random error Systematic error: information, selection and confounding bias. MAIN TYPES OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES Cross-sectional study Cohort study Case-control study Ecological study Controlled clinical trials
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MM: METODOLOGIA DELLA RICERCA SOCIALE
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MM: STATISTICA MEDICA ED EPIDEMIOLOGIA
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Probability distribution Normal distribution Standard normal distribution table for computing the area under the curve Inferential statistic Confidence intervals Confidence intervals with small samples: the t distribution Introduction to the hypothesis tests Hypothesis test of a single mean Paired sample t-test One-tailed and two-tailed hypothesis test Comparison of two means Type I and Type II errors, power of test Correlation: Pearson correlation coefficient. The regression analysis.
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MM: SISTEMI DI GESTIONE INFORMATIZZATA DEI DATI NELLE ORGANIZZAZIONI
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Assessment methods and criteria

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MM: STATISTICA PER LA RICERCA SPERIMENTALE
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The written examination will consist of about 25 multiple choice questions with 5-8 possible answers, and one exercise of Epidemiology on a simple data set. Wrong answers to the written examination will be orally discussed with the student.
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MM: METODOLOGIA DELLA RICERCA SOCIALE
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MM: STATISTICA MEDICA ED EPIDEMIOLOGIA
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The final evaluation of the profit will be made through a written test with exercises; if this test is passed, then an oral interview will be carried out.
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MM: SISTEMI DI GESTIONE INFORMATIZZATA DEI DATI NELLE ORGANIZZAZIONI
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Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Dunn G, Everitt B Biostatistica Clinica Il pensiero scientifico editore 1999
W. W. Daniel, C. L. Cross Biostatistica Concetti di base per l’analisi statistica delle scienze dell’area medico-sanitaria (Edizione 3) EdiSES 2019 9788833190419
Jekel JF, Katz DL, Elmore JG, Wild DMG Epidemiologia, Biostatistica e Medicina Preventiva Elsevier-Masson 2009
Norman G, Streiner D Biostatistica: quello che avreste voluto sapere... (Edizione 2) Ambrosiana 2015
Verlato G, Zanolin ME Esercizi di Statistica Medica, Informatica ed Epidemiologia Libreria Cortina Editrice, Verona 2000
Swinscow TDV, Campbell MJ Le basi della Statistica per scienze bio-mediche Edizioni Minerva Medica S.p.A., Torino 2004
Fowler J, Jarvis P, Chevannes M Statistica per le Professioni Sanitarie EdiSES srl, Napoli 2006




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