KTEY008 Basics of Epidemiology (3 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023



Main concepts in epidemiology
Research design and methods in epidemiology
Epidemiological study of illnesses, functional capacity and survival

Completion methods

Active participation in lectures (10 hours)
Independent study (lecture and literature exam)

Assessment details

Lectures 50%, literature exam 50%

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student
  • is able to describe basic concepts and indicators related to the prevalence and risk factors of diseases
  • is able to define the key study designs of epidemiological research
  • is able to analyze the relationships between risk factors and their consequences
  • is able to calculate basic risk ratios and to interpret them in studies
  • recognizes the main sources of error in epidemiological research

Additional information

Autumn semester

Description of prerequisites

Participating in this course requires knowledge of basic research methods. 


  • tentittävä kirjallisuus:
  • Friedman, G.D. 2004. Primer of epidemiology. 5. ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. (401 p.)

Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Active participation in lectures (10 hours). Independent study (lecture and literature exam)
Evaluation criteria:
Lectures 50%, literature exam 50%
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish