Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology
To introduce the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology, so that at the end of the
course student will be able to:
*understand and describe the basic epidemiological concepts and terminology
calculate, interpret and use measures of disease burden
*understand the principles and methodology of different study designs and will be able to
appreciate the strengths and limitations of each
*develop the skills to apply epidemiological principles in analysing a health problem
interpret Demographic / Health information system data in public health perspective
*identify and deal with random and systematic errors when interpreting epidemiological
data for causal association
*design, carry out, analyse, interpret and report investigations of disease outbreak while
taking/suggesting most appropriate control measures
*appreciate the principles and practice of disease screening
Models of disease causation and determinants of health and disease
Uses of Epidemiology
Measures of disease burden: including measures of disease frequency, effect and impact
Principles, methodology and analysis of epidemiological studies including Descriptive,
Analytic and Experimental study designs
Interpretation of epidemiological studies/data focusing on issues related to causality,
random errors, bias and confounding.
Designing, conducting, analysing, interpreting and reporting investigations of disease
Principles of Infectious Disease epidemiology
Screening, Health Management Information System and Surveillance systems
Miscellaneous current topics of epidemiologic interest
Teaching will consist of a series of lectures covering the topic being presented. The theory
lectures will be strengthened by practical sessions in which students will be working in small
groups to practice the concepts presented in theory lectures.
The course will contribute 300 marks to the final evaluation. Assessment will be based on two
written MCQ papers i.e. One paper in 1st mid term (40%=120 marks) and Paper I of 1st term
examination (60%=180 marks).
It will also contribute a major portion of papers in final comprehensive examination.