Winter School in Clinical Epidemiology, UMIT, Austria

Publish Date: Oct 17, 2016

Event Dates: from Feb 20, 2017 12:00 to Feb 24, 2017 12:00

Course Description

Clinical epidemiology is the application of epidemiologic principles and methods to problems encountered in public health and
clinical medicine. It provides important information for clinicians and health policy decision makers in order to identify risk factors for diseases and to determine optimal preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for individuals and populations. This course covers the key elements and methods of clinical epidemiology and combines theoretical concepts with practical applications using real world case examples. Participants will develop a study design as group exercise.

Course Overview

5-Day Certified Course: Winter School in Clinical Epidemiology

20 - 24 February, 2017: UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology

The course is aimed at members of:

  • Healthcare & health policy organizations, national HTA Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical & medical device industry
  • Academia and research institutions
  • Health insurances/sickness funds
  • Consultancy organizations
  • Course Language is English

Course Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites. Course language is English.


Day 1

[Registration starts at 09:00 - 09:30]

Introduction to Public Health & Epidemiology

Overview of public health areas and methodological approaches, key epidemiological concepts, disease frequency& effect measures, study designs, bias, causal inference

Day 2

Risk & Treatment Prognosis

Determinants of disease, disease risk, prospective cohort study, risk function, prognosis studies, retrospective cohort study, Kaplan Meier curve, Cox-regression models

Day 3

Treatment Efficacy & Safety

Randomized clinical trial, design options, analysis of clinical trial, case-control study

Day 4

Study Design & Diagnosis

Presentation of study design, diagnostic studies, Bayes theorem

Day 5

Decision Analysis in Public Health & Medicine

Types of decision models, clinical decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis

[End of course at 16:00]

Optional: Course Examination [16:15 - 17:15]

Daily office hours are provided in our lab following the afternoon sessions.

Course Documentation

Certificates will be provided to all participants after the course. For those who are interested in a graded course performance record, we are offering a course examination subsequent to the Winter School. The exam is designed to evaluate the understanding of the basic concepts in epidemiology and is administered on the last day of the course. The exam is a closed-book test mainly consisting of multiple-choice answers, short calculations or open text questions, which are drawn from the major topic areas of the course.

Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

Has been defined by the International Network of Agencies for HTA (INAHTA) as “a multidisciplinary field of policy analysis studying the medical, economic, social, and ethical implications of development, diffusion and use of health technologies (e. g., drugs, devices, surgical procedures, prevention techniques)”. In onducting HTA, the discipline of decision sciences has become increasingly relevant.

Decision Science (DS)

is the application of explicit and quantitative methods to analyze decisions under conditions of uncertainty (e. g., meta-analysis,
decision-analytic modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis). In recent years, HTA and DS have become very important to health care policymakers. In order to keep pace with these developments, the UMIT – HTADS Program was designed to provide excellent
quality education and comprehensive training in the key issues of HTA and DS for anyone involved in the health sector. The course faculty is drawn from leading international experts from universities, industry, HTA agencies and representatives from other relevant areas who are committed to provide independent teaching of state-of-the-art principles.

Payment Details

Registration fees

Course fee (public/academic sector): Euro 1850
Early booking fee before November 30, 2016: Euro 1380
Course fee (commercial/private sector): Euro 2850
Early booking fee before November 30, 2016: Euro 2380

Course fees include a comprehensive syllabus, an extensive binder with background reading material, course certificate, snacks and lunch, but not accommodation.


Group Registrations – Save 15%
Register with three or more colleagues and save!

Students/Alumni – Save 20%
If you have previously participated in a Continuing Education Program Course on HTADS, you are eligible for a discount on select future programs.

Method of Payment

Payment must be made by bank transfer. After registration, participants will be provided with the payment details via e-mail.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of course fees (less 15% administrative charges) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least one month prior to the workshop. Substitutes can be made but please email new delegates details when known. Cancellations made less than one month prior to the course are non-refundable/non-changeable.
In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment, the course has to be cancelled by the UMIT, our liability is limited to refund of course fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate insurance cover to claim any travel or personal expenses.


There are a number of hotels near the campus. Reservations should be made when you receive your registration and payment confirmation. We have made special arrangements with hotels near the course location. After registration, you will receive more details regarding accommodation via e-mail.

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