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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Naomi Greene, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.001.0001

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Occupational epidemiology

Occupational epidemiology

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(p.105) Chapter 8 Occupational epidemiology
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Teaching Epidemiology
Author(s):

Neil Pearce

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685004.003.0008

The study design options in occupational epidemiology are the same as for other fields of epidemiology, but the emphases given to specific study designs, and the methodological issues involved, may differ. Therefore, much of the formal content of an occupational epidemiology course may cover the same general topics as for a general epidemiology course; however, the detailed content will usually differ considerably. It is useful to teach these methods in the context of developing a research protocol and reporting on research findings. This can be done as an individual activity but is often more valuable as a group activity. Thus, early in the course, the students can be divided into groups, which can hold regular meetings to develop a research question and design an appropriate study. This approach can be applied to almost any course at any level, with appropriate variations in the amount of detail and methodological rigour required.

Keywords:   study design, occupational epidemiology, methodological issues, group activity, research protocol

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