Radiation Epidemiology

22 Feb 2021 09:00 26 Feb 2021 15:00
Target Group
Master and PhD students
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Closed  (Deadline: 17 Feb 2021 23:59)


In the module radiation epidemiology, participants will learn the physical and biological background of exposure to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, epidemiological approaches for investigating the health effects and current findings from research on these exposures.

The module contains:

  • A short introduction into radiation physics and radiation biology with special emphasis on types, sources and distribution of radiation as well as the biological effects of exposure;
  • Classical epidemiological methods, special risk measures (e.g. the excess relative risk), modeling approaches (e.g. the internal Poisson regression for grouped data), which are used in radiation epidemiology, as well as methods for estimating and handling measurement errors and uncertainties;
  • An overview of epidemiological findings on different types of radiation. Evidence on health effects of ionizing radiation is derived from studying a-bomb survivors, uranium miners, radon in homes and the impact of medical radiation (e.g. CT scans). Epidemiological findings on non-ionizing radiation, including UV radiation and radiation from electromagnetic fields, are also discussed.


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.


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.



  • Programme

    22 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 Lecture: Introduction to Radiation Epidemiology
    • 10:45-12:15 Lecture: Radiation Physics, Sources of Radiation, Radiation Quantities
    • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break
    • 13:15-14:45 Lecture: Basics in Radiation Biology

    23 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 Lecture: Cohorts and Health effects of ionizing radiation
    • 10:45-12:15 Lecture: Statistical methods in radiation epidemiology
    • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break
    • 13:15-14:45 Exercise: Paper – Group work & statistical methods

    24 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 Lecture: Health effects in uranium miners
    • 10:45-12:15 Lecture: Exposure uncertainties in risk estimations
    • 12:15-13:30 Lunch break
    • 13:30-14:00 Exercise: Paper – Group work

    25 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 Lecture: Non-ionizing radiation – Health effects UV
    • 10:45-12:15 Lecture: Non-ionizing radiation – Health effects electromagnetic fields
    • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break
    • 13:15-14:45 Exercise: Paper – Group work & EMF epidemiology

    26 February 2021

    • 09:00-10:30 Lecture: Medical radiation exposure and associated risk
    • 10:45-12:15 Lecture: Radon in homes – health effects
    • 12:15-13:15 Lunch break
    • 13:15-14:45 Lecture: Summary, Evaluation
  • Registration

    Registration: Please register here.

    Contact person: In case of questions please contact Dr. Laura Wengenroth (Laura.Wengenroth@med.uni-muenchen.de).