Course content

The course is an introduction to the field of pharmacoepidemiology. Pharmacoepidemiology bridge the fields of clinical pharmacology and epidemiology by investigating use and effects of drugs in large study populations. The course will go through the most used methods study designs and data sources, including the Danish National Prescription Registry. At the course we will work with designing and planning of pharmacoepidemiological studies. We will further critically review literature within different areas of pharmacoepidemiology. At the end of the course, we will combine the gained knowledge to write a project proposal for a pharmacoepidemiological study.


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Learning outcome

After completing the course, the students are expected to:



  • Account for the most used pharmacoepidemiological methods, data sources, and study designs.
  • Read and appraise scientific literature regarding pharmacoepidemiology



  • Identify strengths and limitations in pharmacoepidemiological studies
  • Critically evaluate used data sources
  • Communicate and present findings from pharmacoepidemiological studies



  • Design and assess pharmacoepidemiological studies
  • Appropriately interpret epidemiological data within pharmacoepidemiology
  • Write a proposal for a research project within the area of pharmacoepidemiology

Lectures mixed with problem-based learning in small groups

Extract from books, scientific papers, reports, project proposals

Knowledge of advanced epidemiology similar to the course in the MSC in Public Health Science.

Passed course in Epidemiology (#Course No) in MSc in Public Health (or similar)

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral exam on basis of previous submission under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The students are in groups expected to write a proposal for a research project within the area of pharmacoepidemiology. The project proposal should be handed in a few weeks after the teaching has come to an end.
All aids allowed

AI/LLM’s can be used as an aid for the exam. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the accuracy, integrity, and originality of the text, including ensuring that the text is not factually incorrect, plagiarized, or contains copyrighted material. AI/LLM’s may not be used as an actual author or a scientific source cf. Vancouver Guidelines. 

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
one internal assessor
Criteria for exam assessment

The assignment is expected to fulfill the formal requirements for a research project proposal.

To achieve the grade 12, the student must be able to:



  • Describe and justify a scientific problem within pharmacoepidemiology
  • Describe a detailed study design of a pharmacoepidemiological project that addresses a scientific problem
  • Describe the feasibilities of a pharmacoepidemiological study


  • Identify scientific problems in health care that can be answered with pharmacoepidemiology



  •  Design and assess pharmacoepidemiological studies
  • Appropriately interpret epidemiological data within pharmacoepidemiology
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 20
  • Preparation
  • 43
  • Exam
  • 74
  • English
  • 137


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 semester

The Study Board for Public Health Science and Global Health
Contracting department
  • Department of Public Health
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Signe Liv Benzon Larsen   (12-5a706e756c355368797a6c75477a7c756b35727c356b72)
Saved on the 29-05-2024

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