Causal Inference in Epidemiology: Concepts and Methods

Course dates

26-28 June 2017.

Course duration: 3 days (approximately 18 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 9.00am on the first day. The course will finish by 4pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Dr Abigail Fraser, Professor Kate Tilling (course organisers).

Course aims and objectives

To provide an understanding of the counterfactual framework and the practical application of methods to improve causal inference in epidemiology.

By the end of the course, students will:

  • have a thorough understanding of the potential outcomes framework;
  • implement DAGs to inform analysis plans;
  • appreciate the different methods which can be used to improve causal inference;
  • understand the assumptions underlying the various methods.

Who the course is intended for

This course is aimed at proficient epidemiologists and applied statisticians. Applicants must have knowledge and experience of a variety of regression models and their implementation in Stata to beyond the level achieved in the Introduction to Linear and Logistic Regression Models course.

Course outline

This course will introduce participants to concepts of and methods for, causal inference in epidemiological research, with a focus on their application. The course will cover:
  • causal diagrams (DAGs);
  • propensity scores;
  • inverse probability weighting;
  • standardization;
  • instrumental variables, including Mendelian randomization;
  • other quasi experimental designs such as negative controls;
  • marginal structural models.

Please note: Practical sessions of this course will be held in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring a laptop.


Please note bookings for this course have now closed.

We are currently compiling our 2017/18 course programme. Bookings will open at the beginning of October 2017. Please check back nearer the time for more details.

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Course venue

School of Social and Community Medicine
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Lunch and refreshments

Coffee, tea, fruit and biscuits will be available to all students. A light lunch is provided for all paying participants. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.


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