Webinar series on epidemiology for health & science journalists in India

Session by: Professor Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD
(Professor of Epidemiology & Director, McGill International TB Centre, McGill University, Canada.)

Timing: May 18-29, 2020 | Mon, Wed & Fri (2 Weeks) | 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM IST

Course introduction

The COVID-19 crisis has put health reporting on the front pages of all media worldwide but has also raised big challenges with fast-tracked research that is often contradictory, compromised normal standards of scientific peer-review and dissemination, sensationalized media reporting, and confused policymakers making irrational decisions. All health and science journalists will benefit from understanding the fundamentals of epidemiology, so they can critically read medical research studies and media releases, and report them in an accurate and balanced manner. But many health journalists lack training in epidemiology and public health and this is the gap the course aims to fill.

This short, introductory course builds on a longer course taught by Professor Pai at McGill University, aims at health/science journalists in India, and will use topical examples from COVID-19, to cover issues such as types of epidemiologic studies, how to measure disease frequency and risk, the importance of bias and confounding, and review various common study designs, including observational studies and randomized trials. The main emphasis would be on how to consume and critically read medical studies. No university recognition or credit is available for this course (which is being done on a pilot basis)

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