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Epidemiological Methods for Undergraduate Research (TDK) and Thesis-writing

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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2020-2021

Course director

Dr. István Zoltán KISS (istvan.kiss@aok.pte.hu), professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OSF-EDT-T  |  2 credit  |  Dentistry |  Optional module  |  both semesters

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

24 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 24 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 1 – max. 15 person


The medical and dentistry students get to know those research methods which mean the basis of evidence based medicine. During their undergraduate research and preparing for their thesis they also take part similar studies.
The aim of this course is to improve the ability of research planning, implementation, result procession and assessment and not the acquirement of the mathematical background. The most important practical skills are choosing and implementing the adequate epidemiological methods and the practical usage of SPSS. It can considerably help your scientific work.


  • 1. Basics of epidemiology and research methodology - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 2. Basics of research design - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 3. Ethical questions in scientific work, ethics approval - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 4. Creation of adequate hypothesis - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 5. Design of human studies based on questionnaire - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 6. Design of studies based on quantitative measurements - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 7. Design of studies based on qualitative measurements - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 8. Design of molecular epidemiological studies - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 9. How to present the results - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 10. Possibilities and rules of data recording - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 11. Statistical programs for epidemiological study assessments (Excel, SPSS, R, Statistica etc.) - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 12. Overview of most frequently used statistical methods - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 13. Applications of survival models - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 14. Analysis of screening methods, ROC curve analysis - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 15. Processing questionnaires - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 16. Analysis and assessment for attitude experiments - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 17. Basics of factor-analysis and interpretation of results - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 18. Multivariate analysis in epidemiology - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 19. Evaluation of multivariate analysis - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 20. Evaluation of association and cause-effect relationship - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 21. Analysis of epidemiological studies I. - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 22. Analysis of epidemiological studies II. - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 23. Analysis of epidemiological studies III. - Dr. Berényi Károly
  • 24. Analysis of epidemiological studies IV. - Dr. Berényi Károly



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department

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Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Participation in lectures and practicals is obligatory which is registered. Absences should not exceed 15% (4x45 min). Otherwise signature of grade book is denied.

Mid-term exams

At the end of the semester written exam has to be taken.

Making up for missed classes

Oral report from the missed issue.

Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars