Undergraduate Courses

Please note:
Enrolment priority is given to undergraduate students in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics module. If there is space in the course, students from other programs may register for a course provided they have: the required pre-requisites, permission of the course instructor and permission of their home program.


Required Courses

Courses in the Module (11.0 courses):

  • 0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A
  • 0.5 course: Chemistry 2213A/B
  • 0.5 course from:
    • Biology 2244A/B
    • Statistics 2244A/B
    • the former Statistics 2122A/B
  • 1.5 courses: Biology 2290F/G, 2382B, 2581B
  • 1.0 course from the Social Science Subject List (see below)
  • 1.0 course: Biostatistics 3100A*, 3110B
  • 3.5 courses:  Epidemiology 2220A/B, 3200A*, 3210B, 3500A*, 4310A, 4320A, 4500B
  • 1.0 course from:  Biostatistics 4115B, Epidemiology 3315B, 4600A, 4615B
  • 1.5 course:  Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4900E (Research Project = 1.5 courses)

*Biostatistics 3100A, Epidemiology 3200A and 3500A must each be completed with a minimum mark of 70%.

Social Science Subject List:
Students must complete 1.0 senior course from one of the subject areas below (e.g. 1.0 course in Economics) and it is recommended that this 1.0 course be selected from the number range specified for the subject area.  Note that (i) two half courses from two different subject areas will not satisfy this requirement, and (ii) some courses may require a prerequisite.

  • Anthropology (2200 or above)
  • Economics (2100 or above)
  • First Nations (2100 or above)
  • Geography (2200 or above)
  • History (2200 or above)
  • Political Science (2230 or above)
  • Psychology (2100 or above, with the exception of Psychology 2800E, 2810 and 2820E)
  • Sociology (2200 or above).


Course Catalog

2000 level courses

3000 level courses

4000 level courses



Epidemiology 2220A/B Introduction to Epidemiology
The calculation and interpretation of basic epidemiologic measures, the strengths and weaknesses of various study designs, and the critical appraisal of published medical and epidemiologic studies.
Prerequisite/Corequisite: Biology 2244A/B, the former Health Sciences 2800 or the former Health Sciences 201, Psychology 2810, the former Sociology 231, Statistics 2035, 2141A/B, 2143A/B, 2858A/B, the former 2122A/B.
Anti-requisite: the former Epidemiology 3300B.

Biostatistics 3100ABiostatistical Methods for Epidemiology
Epidemiologists work with categorical data (e.g. healthy, sick, dead) and with time to event data (e.g. time to death). This course introduces analytic methods of such data, expanding on aspects of study design and analysis introduced in Epidemiology 2200A/B.  It requires a prior introduction to analyses of continuous data.  
Prerequisite: Statistics/Biology 2244A/B, Epidemiology 2200A/B.
Corequisite: Epidemiology 3200A.

Biostatistics 3110BMultivariable Methods
This course covers frequently used multivariable regression models (linear for continuous outcomes and logistic for binary outcomes) in health research.  By the end of the course students will (i) understand and critique applications of regression models appearing in the biomedical literature and (ii) carry out their own analyses.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics 3100A, Epidemiology 3200A.

Epidemiology 3200AEpidemiology II
An examination of the major research issues in epidemiology studies focusing on principal sources of bias (sampling, measurement, and confounding) and other technical issues (e.g. effect-measure modification) in estimates of exposure-outcome associations.   Understanding general and design-specific issues is accomplished through critical appraisal of published papers in selected topic areas.
Prerequisite: Statistics/Biology 2244A/B, Epidemiology 2200A/B.
Corequisite: Biostatistics 3100A.

Epidemiology 3210BAnalytic Epidemiology
This course will teach the fundamentals of observational study designs (case-control and cohort).  The course will be problem-based and taught using published studies as examples.  Course assignments and projects will include development and critique of protocols.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics 3100A, Epidemiology 3200A.

Epidemiology 3315B Epidemiology of Major Diseases
A survey course covering the descriptive epidemiology (incidence and prevalence) and analytic epidemiology (risk and protective factors) of the infectious and chronic disease that are leading causes of death and disability.  Effects of personal characteristics (age, gender), place (developing versus developed countries) and changes in occurrence over time are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics 3100A, Epidemiology 3200A.

Epidemiology 3500AHealth Care Systems and Organizations
This course will cover the structure of the Canadian health care system, with emphasis on finance and delivery of health care, and international comparisons.

Biostatistics 4115BSurvival Analysis and its Applications
An introduction to survival analysis and its applications in a variety of areas including: 1) genetic epidemiology; 2) clinical trials; and 3) cost-effectiveness analysis.  This course will provide students with contemporary analysis skills applicable to jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, in government organizations and in other health technology assessment settings.  
Prerequisite: Biostatistics 3110B, Epidemiology 3200A.

Epidemiology 4310A Public Health
A course on the fundamental principles and methods of Public Health (e.g. disease surveillance, outbreak investigations) as practiced by agencies such as Public Health Agency of Canada and local Health Units. Assignments will be based on actual public health problems.  Both local and international perspectives will be introduced.  
Prerequisite/Corequisite: Biostatistics 3100A, Epidmiology 3200A.

Epidemiology 4320A Clinical Epidemiology
An introduction to methods for the design, analysis and interpretation of studies that evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests and the outcomes of new treatments and health technologies.  The course will also explore health policy and will follow examples of translation of knowledge generated by clinical epidemiology studies.
Prerequisite/Corequisite: Biostatistics 3100A, Epidemiology 3200A.

Epidemiology 4500BHealth Services Research Methods
This course exposes students to the current research design and analysis methods employed in health services research, both in Canada and internationally.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics 3100A, Epidemiology 3200A and 3500A.

Epidemiology 4600A Introduction to Health Economics
A course focusing on the economics concepts and methods relevant to understand health policy decisions from an economic perspective. This course will cover following topics: microeconomic tools for health economics, demand for and supply of healthcare, health insurance, market failure in the health sector and methods of economic evaluation.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics 3100, Epidemiology 3200A.

Epidemiology 4615BHealth Economics II
This course will cover topics related to the theoretical economic foundation of cost-utility and cost-benefit analyses, and decision analytic models and statistical methods for the economic evaluation of health interventions. Application of Decision Tree Model, Markov Model and Microsimulation Model and uncertainty in health & medicine will be considered.
Prerequisite: one of Epidemiology 4600A or Economics 2261A/B.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4900EResearch Project and Seminar
An applied research course in which students use skills in identifying and clarifying a research question, methodologically critical review of literature, identifying data sources, conducting appropriate statistical analyses, interpreting results, and presenting findings orally, in posters, and in written technical reports or journal manuscripts.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics 3110B, Epidemiology 3210B, & registration in Honors Specialization in Epidemiology & Biostatistics.

"A" courses are offered in the fall term
"B" courses are offered in the winter term

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