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

Course director

Dr. János GIRÁN (janos.giran@gmail.com), assistant professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OXF-TEP-h-T  |  1 credit  |  General Medicine |  Optional module  |  spring

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

8 lectures + 4 practices + 0 seminars = total of 12 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 25 person


Spatial epidemiology is the description and analysis of geographic variations in disease with respect to demographic, environmental, behavioral, socioeconomic, genetic, and infectious risk factors. This approach includes small-area analyses, encompassing disease mapping, geographic correlation studies, disease clusters, and clustering. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of some spatial distribution-related environmental and social factors which impact the human health. During the practices, statistical concepts and methodologies will be illustrated through real examples. Beyond that, we interpret how the results of this kind of studies can be used for health protection purposes.


  • 1. History and development of spatial epidemiology - Márovics Gergely Péter
  • 2. Geographical, demographical approaches economic and social approaches - Márovics Gergely Péter
  • 3. Disease mapping models - Márovics Gergely Péter
  • 4. Geographical correlation studies - Márovics Gergely Péter
  • 5. Basics of clustering - Márovics Gergely Péter
  • 6. Disease clusters and surveillance - Márovics Gergely Péter
  • 7. Data Protection and Confidentiality - Márovics Gergely Péter
  • 8. Exposure Assessment, Exposure Mapping - Márovics Gergely Péter


  • 1. Analysis of geographical-related data
  • 2. Analysis of climate-related data
  • 3. Analysis of socioeconomic-related data
  • 4. Analysis of social stratification-related data


Reading material

Obligatory literature


Literature developed by the Department

On Neptun Meet Street



Recommended literature

- Elliott, P. Wartenberg, D (2004) Spatial Epidemiology: Current Approaches and Future Challenges Environmental Health Perspectives vol. 112 no. 9; pp. 998-1006
- Elliot, P.; Wakefield, J. C.; Best, N. G.; Briggs, D. J. (2000) Spatial epidemiology: methods and applications
- Richard S.Ostfeld Gregory E.Glass Felicia Keesing (2005) Spatial epidemiology: an emerging (or re-emerging) discipline

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 15 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams


Making up for missed classes

There are no make-up classes.

Exam topics/questions

On Neptun Meet Street


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Márovics Gergely Péter