Causal Inference in Epidemiology: Concepts and Methods

Course dates

4 - 6 June 2018.

Course duration

3 days (approximately 20 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 9am on the first day, the course will finish by 5pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Dr Abigail FraserProfessor Kate Tilling (course organisers) and others.

Course aims 

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

Course objectives

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 (including Cox regression)  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.


Booking for this course is now closed.

Tutors were friendly, knowledgeable, and explained even complicated concepts very well.

Course feedback, June 2017

Course fee


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Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 


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