Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology (November)2020-07-28T12:53:30+00:00

Project Description

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology 

Course overview

Venue: Online training

Date: 4 Nov – 5 Nov 2020*

Pharmacoepidemiology is a key discipline for understanding the safety of medicines, it has made important contributions to our understanding of drug safety. It is also being increasingly recognised as a practical tool for supporting risk management and planning safety activities at the time medicines are authorised. Expertise in pharmacoepidemiology is now a must for any research based pharmaceutical company. Our Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology course is aimed at introducing delegates to the core concepts of this scientific discipline. Attendance at this course can be used as part of the training required for the Drug Safety Surveillance module of the Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST).

*Please note that the course dates and programme may be subject to change.

 Our courses are recognised by PharmaTrain.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at:

  • Pharmaceutical industry personnel from areas including pharmacovigilance, clinical research, medical affairs,medical writing, regulatory affairs and medical information
  •  Pharmaceutical physicians completing the Drug Safety Surveillance module of Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST)
  • Staff from regulatory authorities
  • NHS, NHS & R&D and other research organisation, doctors, nurses, medical information pharmacists, pharmaceutical advisors or other professions allied to medicine

How our courses work

  • Taught over two days
  • Small class size allows for one-to-one interaction with expert tutors
  • A combination of short lectures, practical workshops and interactive discussion sessions
  • Taught by a panel of expert speakers (minimum of four speakers per course) from industry and academia
  • Course materials including presentations, workshop material and suggested reading documents are made available electronically during the course
  • The agenda provides ample opportunity to network with expert speakers and your fellow delegates

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials are included in the registration fee.

Aims of course

  • To provide students with a grounding in, and analysis of, core principles of epidemiology
  • To show how epidemiological technique are applied to pharmacoepidemiological studies
  • To review the development of pharmacoepidemiology as a science as its place in modern medicine
  • To review modern methods and data sources used in pharmacoepidemiology
  • To develop a critical understanding of the types, assessment and appropriate application of post-marketing drug safety data and their contribution to the marketing, regulatory compliance, safety monitoring and risk management associated with pharmaceuticals

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course delegates should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the relationship between epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology
  • Define and justify the elements of an ideal database to be used to conduct a pharmacoepidemiological study of a drug safety issue
  • Differentiate the important features of pharmacoepidemiological investigations that allow comparisons within and between pharmacoepidemiological data resources
  • Critically apply common techniques of analysis in the interpretation of pharmacoepidemiological data for pharmacovigilance purposes

Key Topics

Programmed features:

  • History and basic principles of epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology as a modern scientific discipline
  • Analysis and interpretation of pharmacoepidemiological data
  • Use of pharmacoepidemiology in the detection and investigation of safety signals
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and risk management planning


Registration fee includes 20% discount as this course is now being taught online.

Cost Per Delegate:

£620 + VAT Academic

(Academic Units, Public Sector Organisations, Registered Charities)


£952 + VAT Standard

(Standard Registration)


£1040 + VAT PMST

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“Very interesting course which covered a comprehensive amount of topics in a short time”

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology Delegate Nov 2019

“Very informative – basics were very well covered.”

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology Delegate Apr 19

“Really enjoyed the course. Very interactive – break out sessions very useful for consolidating information

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology Delegate April 2019

“Good structure, informative and good introduction with appropriate definitions”

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology Delegate Nov 2018

“Workshops and interactive sessions were very well organised. The workshop subjects were very helpful and the discussion with the facilitators was brilliant!”

Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology Delegate Apr 18

Course Leader

Dr Vicki Osborne PhD – Principal Research Fellow

Vicki has a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Portsmouth and an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She recently completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Florida. Vicki has over 10 years of experience in the fields of pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology, with many of those years spent working in research at the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU). Vicki is currently the Principal Research Fellow at the DSRU and is the unit coordinator for Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology. She also currently teaches and facilitates on various other DSRU courses, while continuing to publish in international, peer-reviewed journals.