This unit encompasses essential elements from epidemiology required by MSF staff working in the field as well as basic qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The unit covers the main essential epidemiological concepts required to enable the students to understand and synthesise evidence from academic papers and how to apply this knowledge to improve their own and their organisation’s practice. Communication of risk will be used as an overarching theme to explore basic concepts associated with risk and the opportunities that are commonly used to communicate research findings such as incidence, prevalence, relative risk, odds ratios and can be used to inform change in practice. Basic epidemiological concepts such as use of appropriate indicators and needs assessment will be explored. Students will be introduced to basic statistical techniques to support synthesis and analysis of data.