The objective of this course is to provide you with insights into the principles of cardiovascular disease (CVD) epidemiology and the important issues that are involved – plus a lot more besides. Unlike many other courses that only go into one particular topic in depth, this course will enable you to ‘zoom out’ from your own direct research in order to look at the bigger picture. By doing so, you will be able to see your own work or research from a broader perspective. Furthermore, this is an essential course to follow if you want to gain a broader understanding of cardiovascular epidemiology than you would in your own specialty.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Understand the process of atherosclerosis, which is the underlying pathology for the most common cardiovascular diseases
- Describe the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases
- Describe the worldwide trends in cardiovascular diseases and cardiovascular disease mortality
- Describe the triggers for a cardiovascular event
- Understand the principles for prevention of cardiovascular diseases
To enroll in this course, you need:
- A Bachelor’s degree in life sciences (or the equivalent)
- Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing
- Access to PubMed
This course is offered through the MSc Epidemiology program developed by the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University. The only part of the course that is not online is the examination. You do therefore need access to an internet connection in order to be able to follow lectures, complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants.
The entire course is also available offline. For more information about this option, please visit the MSc Epidemiology website.
Michiel Bots MD PhD
In 2001 Michiel Bots became appointed associate professor in epidemiology at UMC Utrecht. A large part of his research activities comprise studies around the development of atherosclerosis, its risk factors and its consequences. Atherosclerosis is the central theme, since the majority of cardiovascular disease arises from diseased of the arteries. The studies he is involved in, vary from single center cross-sectional studies to multicenter international trials.
I followed the course Cardiovascular Epidemiology. My PhD is about cardiovascular effects of an HIV infection, and that triggered me to know more about the global perspectives on cardiovascular disease. I liked the clear format of the course, the instructive lectures, and last but not least, the interaction with my peers and the course-coordinator on the online forum. The interaction with other students was facilitated by the assignments as we had to respond to each other’s comments. I was surprised by the fact that the course included a presentation and an online debate. It was like I participated in a life course instead of distance learning, but still with the benefits of distance learning!Read more >