Denmark, Copenhagen

Screening and Epidemiology

when 15 August 2016 - 19 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 533

Department of Public Health offers an international summer course in Screening and Epidemiology.

You will be trained in critical assessment of the evidence on (cancer) screening. The course provides a solid introduction to the major concepts, theories and debates relevant to screening, with particular emphasis on early detection of cancer. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the rationale for screening and evaluation of screening outcomes. Finally, the course will provide an overview of the main cancer screening programmes that have been implemented in Denmark.

Course leader

Elsebeth Lynge

Target group

Only for MSc students

Course aim

By the end of the course, the students should:

1. Be able to define the goal of screening and relate it to adverse effects

2. Understand the difference between screening participants and patients

3. Understand the process of screening

4. Understand the meaning of concepts such as, but not limited to: target population, attenders, self-selection, overdiagnosis, overtreatment

5. Define the main biases of using survival rates to evaluate the effectiveness of screening

6. Distinguish between: sensitivity, detection rate, and negative predictive value; specificity and positive predictive value

7. Calculate effect indicators of cancer screening from real life data

8. Form own opinion on the value of screening for a particular disease

Fee info

EUR 533: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 833: Non EU/EAA citizens


Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) offers a scholarship to incoming students from IARU universities or from Harvard University.