4EU+PharmacoEpi: an integrated 4EU+ Pharmacoepidemiology educational course

Pharmacoepidemiology relies on the analysis of real-world data to provide real-world evidence on the benefit-risk balance of treatment. It represents a key resource to confirm and complement findings from randomized controlled trials. Among various types of data sources, national administrative health databases are essential data sources in pharmacoepidemiology, but their great complexity requires expert knowledge.

Although European administrative health databases share similarities in their content and core architecture, there is still a tendency from academia in Europe to train students interested in pharmacoepidemiology using local data sources. Our initiative is to propose a unique educational initiative providing pharmacoepidemiological training on secondary data sources from multiple European countries. This educational activity takes advantage of each university’s knowledge of its own national database and it will allow students to gain knowledge on how to use databases from multiple European countries and perform multinational research. In turn, we expect that our educational program will promote the internationalization of students and will greatly increase the scientific quality of pharmacoepidemiological research projects at both the MSc and the PhD level.

In particular, this 4EU+ promoted integrative educational program in pharmacoepidemiology will provide extensive and integrated knowledge in the use of the French administrative health databases, the Danish registries, and the Italian National Health Service databases.

During this course, students will:

  • Develop their knowledge on fundamentals methods in pharmacoepidemiology

  • Gain an understanding of the structure of the French administrative health databases, the Danish registries, and the Italian National Health Service databases, and how to get access to these databases.

  • Develop a critical understanding of how to use multinational databases for pharmacoepidemiological research.

  • Develop skills in protocol writing for pharmacoepidemiological projects.


  • 10-day online course: 7 - 18 March 2022

  • 3-day in-person course in Paris: 20 - 22 April 2022

Who should apply?

Individuals interested in conducting pharmacoepidemiology studies using administrative healthcare databases. The course will be open for MSc and PhD students including:

  • Medical and pharmaceutical students

  • Students in biostatistics, computational science, and bioinformatics

  • Students in public health

The course is designed for individuals with a grounding in epidemiological methods and concepts and/or some prior knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology, including an understanding of methodological concepts such as bias and confounding. It is not expected that applicants will actually be conducting pharmacoepidemiology studies. Prior experience of statistical software (R, SAS, SPSS) is not required but strongly recommended. All courses will be provided in English, applicants should have a good command of English.

Up to 20 participants per university will be accepted.

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