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Reproductive Epidemiology

Doctoral course within the doctoral programme in Epidemiology
Course number: 2697
Credit points: 1,5

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course students should be able to:

  • Define and explain fundamental concepts in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology such as the basic principles of reproductive physiology, demography, infectious diseases and genetics as they apply to human reproduction.
  • Define and explain endpoints of reproductive epidemiology such as infertility, fetal loss, birth defects, fetal growth, and maternal pregnancy complications.
  • Relate to scientific papers within reproductive epidemiology and compare methodological and analytical designs and epidemiological issues such as bias, errors and measures.
  • Discuss and reflect upon the results and conclusions of papers in reproductive epidemiology.
  • Being able to build own hypothesis within reproductive epidemiology.

Course content

Fundamentals of human reproduction, overview of reproductive physiology, definitions and epidemiology of reproductive terms such as fertility, fecundability, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, mortality, gestational age, fetal growth, birth weight, birth defects and maternal outcomes( i.e. preeclampsia), future directions in reproductive epidemiology.

Type of work

Day 1-4: Lectures in the mornings, reading and discussing scientific papers in the afternoons. Formative oral examination. Day 5: Round table discussion of thoughts and the future direction of reproductive epidemiology (half a day); Written examination (half a day).


The students will be divided into small groups. Each group will be assigned a subject with accompanying questions. The students will scan the scientific literature and critically evaluate the scientific papers in order to answer the questions. They will present and discuss their results and conclusions with researchers and their peers. The students will pass if they can show that they reached the intended learning outcomes of the course. They should write a comprehensive one to two pages literature review based on at least 4-5 scientific papers, on which they base their conclusions upon, and show the capacity to critically evaluate and discuss the results in the classroom.

Course director

Anastasia Nyman

Contact person

Gunilla Nilsson Roos

Telefon:08-524 822 93