Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance short courses @ LSHTM – open for applications!

24 Jul 2019

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Research Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce they are now accepting applications for two longstanding pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance short courses: Professional Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance and Practical Pharmacoepidemiology. Details about this year’s courses are provided below.

Accreditation: Both face-to-face courses have been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for Category 1 (external) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits (Professional Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance = 30 credits; Practical Pharmacoepidemiology = 20 credits).

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Course name: Professional Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance

Course dates: 4 – 7 November 2019, 17 – 21 February 2020, 6 – 9 April 2020 (also available via distance learning)

This course is a 30-week examined introductory training course that aims to equip students with a basic understanding of the concepts and practice of pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacovigilance and drug safety. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and critically evaluate, issues surrounding the risks and benefits of drug use in humans
  • Gain an understanding of, and reflect upon, important pharmacoepidemiological concepts and methods
  • Assess and critically analyse the results of pharmacoepidemiological studies (other investigators’), including critical appraisal of the study question, study design, methods and conduct, statistical analyses and interpretation

Click here for further details and how to apply. Anyone with questions about the course content/suitability can contact Dr. Kevin Wing or Dr. Rohini Mathur at or


Course name: Practical Pharmacoepidemiology

Course dates: 16 – 19 September 2019

The course is designed for students with a basic grounding in epidemiological methods and concepts and/or some prior knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology (which could include people who have already completed the Professional Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance at LSHTM). During this course students will:

  • Develop their knowledge of pharmacoepidemiological concepts and methods, with a particular focus on database studies.
  • Gain practical experience of testing study feasibility and performing analyses in STATA, using primary care data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) (prior experience of STATA not required).
  • Gain an understanding of biases and other sources of error that can occur in pharmacoepidemiology studies, and strategies to avoid them.

Click here for further details and to apply. Anyone with questions about the course content/suitability can contact Dr. Christopher Rentsch or Dr. Harriet Forbes at or


Finally, if you have any colleagues that you think would benefit from the course, do please let them know. And if there is an appropriate email group and/or noticeboard at your place of work, it would be greatly appreciated if you could circulate/post the course details to help us keep the course recruiting strongly.