Module 6– Environnemental Epidemiology
Course leader : R.Slama (Responsable du module )
In industrialised countries, the vast majority of the disease burden is due to chronic diseases, for which the proportion of cases attributable to purely genetic or infectious factors is currently considered to be limited. Environmental epidemiology aims at understanding the impact of chemical and physical factors, as well as behaviours, on human health, in the general population as well as in an occupational setting.
This 1-week full time course focuses on issues specific to environmental epidemiology within the field of epidemiology. The course is built with a balance between methodological and more topical lectures.
Methods covered include study design (with an emphasis on designs relevant for environmental epidemiology such as case-cohort, case crossover and time series designs), exposure assessment (such as environmental models, personal dosimeters, exposure biomarkers), exposure misclassification (nature, consequences and possible cures, such as measurement error models, with Anne Thiebaut, Inserm). Risk management will also be discussed (to be confirmed). Issues less specific to environmental epidemiology (e.g., regression modelling, confounding) will not be covered as such.
Lectures on current topics in the area of environmental epidemiology will be provided by specialists from each area, such as air pollution epidemiology (Denis Zmirou-Navier, IRSET, EHESP and Inserm) and epigenetic epidemiology (Johanna Lepeule, Inserm). Half a day will be devoted to the commentary of scientific articles.
The course will be given in English. It is coordinated by Rémy Slama, senior investigator at Inserm (Team of Environmental Epidemiology, Inserm and Univ. Grenoble-Alpes).