Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology
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Objectives:
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

Course Outline:
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
outbreaks
Research methodology
Principles of Infectious Disease epidemiology
Screening, Health Management Information System and Surveillance systems
Miscellaneous current topics of epidemiologic interest

Teaching Strategy:
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.

Course Assessment:
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.
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Layout
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology 502 FETP: Bio-statistics 503 FETP: Epidemiologic Application of Microcomputers 504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation 507 FETP: Public Health Programs 508 FETP: Seminars in Epidemiology I 509 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy II 510 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy III
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Unit
511 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy IV 512 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy V 513 FETP: Epidimiology Practice I 514 FETP: Epidimiology Practice II 515 FETP: Epidimiology Practice III 516 FETP: Epidimiology Practice IV 517 FETP: Epidimiology Practice V 518 FETP: Outbreak Investigations I 519 FETP: Outbreak Investigations II 520 FETP: Outbreak Investigations III
521 FETP: Outbreak Investigations IV 522 FETP: Surveillance Systems I 523 FETP: Surveillance Systems II 524 FETP: Surveillance Systems III 525 FETP: Surveillance Systems IV 526 FETP: Long Term Project 527 FETP: Scientific Presentations II 528 FETP: Scientific Presentations I 529 FETP: Training Activities I 530 FETP: Training Activities II