Course code FHV320

FHV320 Epidemiology and geographical information systems

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Course responsible: Geir Aamodt
Teachers: Bente Bruvoll, Håvard Tveite
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Basic principles in epidemiology, Study designs in epidemiology, Evaluation/assessment of epidemiological information, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as a general working tool in geographical analyses, GIS as a tool in spatial epidemiology, GIS as a planning tool in public health, Case studies with use of statistical software(s) and GIS, Ethical considerations in epidemiologigal studies.
Learning outcome:

After the course, the student should

- have a basic knowledge in epidemiology as a field, its study designs and demigraphics

- be able to perform simple epidemiological studies with different design

- know the sources and validity of the most commonly used databases and know how to connect it to information on demographics, exposure and health outcomes

- know theories, limitations and practical use of GIS, spatial data anlysis and how to use the tool in practical work

- know different areas where GIS is applied

- be able to perform spatial epidemiological analysis, visualize the findings on maps and graphs

- be able to read and evaluate the contents in epidemiological reports

- be able to discuss ethics within epidemiology.

Learning activities:

Block teaching. Five gatherings (sessions) where each session lasts three days. About half of the first session 1 and 3, 4 and 5 are designated epidemiology, while half the gatherings 1 and 2 are designated GIS.

For the epidemiology part of the course: Flipped classroom. The students will get access to videos and they are expected to view these prior to the sessions. During the sessions, the students will work with relevant projects.

For GIS part of the course: Lectures and exercises. GIS Computer lab.

Teaching support:
Teachers will be at hand at lectures and exercises. Other times by appointment. Canvas will be a communication platform.

Essensial Epidemiology. An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. Penny Webb, Chris Bain, and Andrew Page. Cambridge. 3nd edition 2017. ISBN 9781107529151

Geografiens språk i vårtidsalder. Knut Grinderud med flere. Fagbokforlaget 2dre utgave 2016. ISBN 978-8-245-019957.

FHV315, UMB-VIT/MAFOLK4100 (HiOA) and UMB-FORSK/MAFOLK4000 (HiOA) or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
GIS exercises. Compulsory elements.
Final written exam
Nominal workload:
450 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Reduction of credits:

Basic GIS course (LAD102/GMGI101), 5 credits.

Completely overlapping with FHV220.

Type of course:
The course consists of 5 gatherings. Three days per gathering. The second gathering is GIS.
A practical introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems) is included in this course. The GIS part is estimated to 150 hours of work (5 credits), and starts with three days of lectures and supervised computer exercises. The rest of the computer exercises will be done in groups of two students each.
The external examiner shall evaluate and approve the curriculum, the teaching and the evaluation arrangements of the course.
Allowed examination aids: C3 Alle typer kalkulatorer, alle andre hjelpemidler - inkludert digitale
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått