Epidemiology and Introduction into Demography


Clinical Module

Holder of subject:

Dr Vesna Zadnik, Associate Professor
Dr Matej Krajc, Assistant Professor

Education providers:

  • Dr Vesna Zadnik, Associate Professor
  • Dr Matej Krajc, Assistant Professor

Contact hours - lectures:


Contact hours - seminar:


Contact hours - exercises:


Individual student work:




Level of study:

Second cycle study program Nursing


Winter / Summer



Subject specific competences:

Students will gain knowledge about the following:

  • measures of disease, measures of association or measures of effect, and causality,
  • descriptive and experimental epidemiological studies,
  • random errors, role of statistics, confounding and bias,
  • selection of populations and samples to study, collecting information and questionnaire design,
  • ethical issues,
  • preparation of data for analysis and introduction into  descriptive and analytical studies analysis,
  • surveillance and outbreak investigation, and
  • screening.
  • In the introduction to demography:
  • demographic characteristics of populations and demographic processes,
  • demographic measures or indicators and
  • use of demographic methods in public health and medicine.

Mandatory and recommended references:

Mandatory references:

  • Pearce N. A short text on epidemiology. New Zealand: Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University Wellington Campus, Wellington; 2005. (izbrana poglavja/selected chapters)
  • Bonita R, Beaglehole R, Kjellström T. Basic epidemiology. Geneva: WHO; 2007. (izbrana poglavja/selected chapters)
  • Silman AJ, Macfarlane GJ. Epidemiological Studies: A Practical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2002. (izbrana poglavja/selected chapters)
  • Rothman KJ. Epidemiology: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2002. (izbrana poglavja/selected chapters)
  • Hennekens CH, Buring JE. Epidemiology in Medicine. Boston/Toronto: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 1987. (izbrana poglavja/selected chapters)
  • Dos Santos Silva I. Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods. Lyon: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 1999. (izbrana poglavja/selected chapters)
  • Premik M. Uvod v epidemiologijo(Introduction to Epidemiology. Ljubljana: Medicinska fakulteta, Inštitut za socialno medicino; 1998. (izbrana poglavja/selected chapters)

Other sources:
Dodatna izbrana poglavja iz knjig oziroma članki v skladu z obravnavano tematiko.
Additional selected chapters from books or articles as appropriate for the theme considered.

Recommended references:

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Conditions for the inclusion in the study:

Fully completed study obligations of 1st and 2nd semesters.

Assessment methods:

  • written examination – 60%,
  • research project work – 40%.

Teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars, exercises, individual study.