Module Catalogues

Introduction to Preventive Medicine

Module Title Introduction to Preventive Medicine
Module Level Level 1
Module Credits 2.50

Aims and Fit of Module

Today’s medicine increasingly focuses on prevention and addressing underlying mechanisms rather than only disease treatment. Preventive medicine aims to detect and treat perturbations in healthy individuals long before disease symptoms appear, thus optimizing the wellness of individuals and avoiding disease in association with epidemiology.

Learning outcomes

A	Describe and apply measures of disease incidence and prevalence, measures of effect, and measures of impact
B	Describe and apply statistical methods in epidemiology and population health
C	Explain the nature of sampling variation and the role of statistical methods in quantifying it, and be able to calculate confidence limits and evaluate hypotheses
D	Identify problems interpreting epidemiologic data: chance, bias, and confounding
E	Assess advantages and disadvantages of different preventive strategies, including screening

Method of teaching and learning

Course content will be delivered primarily via standard lectures that will be accompanied by suitable lecture handouts (also available on LMO). Students will also be guided to sections of specific textbooks and if reading of specific reviews or source literature is required, then copies of these will be made available to the students.