Occupational Epidemiology

15 Feb 2021 09:00 18 Feb 2021 16:30
Target Group
Master and PhD students
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Closed  (Deadline: 10 Feb 2021 23:59)


In the module occupational epidemiology students will be familiarised with the basic methodological concepts as well as current topics of occupational epidemiology via an active and student-centred learning approach. Furthermore, crucial competences for an epidemiologist will be developed.

After active participation in the course, participants will be able to

  • define OE in a global context
  • name clinical pictures in OE
  • critically evaluate scientific literature in OE with respect to potential limitations due to bias and confounding
  • define a study question for an OE study using the PICO and FINER criteria
  • describe advantages and disadvantages of the most important epidemiological study designs
  • mention basic concepts of exposure assessment in OE, including the use of job-exposure matrices (JEMs
  • select suitable instruments to measure exposure and outcome
  • reflect about suitable recruitment methods to obtain a representative sample of their study population
  • define and explain the ‘healthy worker effect’
  • advance their group working skills in scientific collaboration
  • explain the basic ideas of…
    • Biomonitoring
    • Occupational safety and health interventions
    • Economic evaluation of interventions in OE
    • The occupational burden of disease concept
    • Research on precarious work


The students will be actively involved in most sessions through pair work, group work, etc. Thus, readiness for active engagement in the course is the major prerequisite for participation. Besides, basic knowledge about fundamentals of epidemiology (e.g., study design, bias, confounding) is helpful but not obligatory.


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.



  • Programme

    15 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 1 Introduction: Basics of OE
    • 10:45-12:15 2 Group work: Reading of different OE studies, taking notes of study question, study population, study design, main outcome, potential biases, note things unclear
    • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break
    • 13:15-14:45 2 Group work: Presenting studies to others, including things unclear
    • 15:00-16:30 3 Study objectives and study designs

    16 February 2021

    • 09:00-09:45 4 Clinical pictures in occupational health
    • 09:45-10:30 5 Occupational burden of disease
    • 10:45-12:15 6 Bias and confounding
    • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break
    • 13:15-14:45 7 Drafting of a study protocol to one of several given study questions (or choosing your own study question) focussing on study population, study design, statistical methods (depending on knowledge), and potential biases and pitfalls
    • 15:00-16:30 7 Presenting your study protocol (virtual flip chart), discuss with others

    17 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 8 Job Exposure Matrix
    • 10:45-12:15 9 Interventions in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) (DRM)
    • 12:15-13:30 Lunch break
    • 13:30-14:00 10 VHB course: Advanced Occupational Medicine - Introduction
    • 14:00-16:30 10 VHB course: Advanced Occupational Medicine

    18 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 11 Precarious work, hard to reach populations
    • 10:45-12:15 12 Biomonitoring
    • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break
    • 13:15-14:45 13 Healthy worker effect
    • 15:00-16:30 14 Course summary, exam questions and feedback
  • Registration

    Please note that registration is already closed as the course is already fully booked.