The Epidemiology Journal Club

The Epidemiology Journal Club

Course description
Every week, 2-3 articles pertaining to one central epidemiological theme will be discussed. The sessions will feature articles selected by the lecturer or the students. Selection of articles may center around a common aspect of public health or the use of an epidemiological method. Students will direct the discussion and the other students participate in critiquing the articles for epidemiological issues (e.g. study design, analysis, writing, sampling). Furthermore, we will focus on policy and programmatic implications for improving health as well as clinical applications as appropriate.

The Epidemiology Journal Club is an environment where everyone’s thoughts and analysis are welcomed. All students are encouraged to read the article(s) and consistently and actively contribute to the discussion to hopefully spark some interesting and lively (and maybe even “fun”) debate. Each group member brings his or her own expertise and experience to the discussion, and we encourage all opinions and ideas to be shared among the group in an environment of mutual respect.

Learning objectives
The central objectives of this Journal Club are to provide students a facilitated opportunity to

  1. Critique public health, epidemiology and biomedical studies
  2. Expand your knowledge and understanding of research topics that may not have been presented in other courses
  3. Develop your knowledge and understanding of epidemiology methods that may be important in future research projects
  4. Practice oral presentation skills that may be useful in future professional settings

Dr. Jordyn Wallenborn is a Postdoctoral Scientific Collaborator in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Household Economics and Health Systems Research group at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and received postdoctoral training from the University of California Berkeley.


University of Basel PhD students of the Faculty of Medicine and of Swiss TPH.

Open to postdoctoral researchers

Group size: 5-8 participants

Workload & credits
The crediting of 1 ECTS requires (1) active participation during the discussion (2) presentation of at least 2 articles, (3) and attendance to all but one session.

Assessment format
Please create a learning contract in MOnA and choose pass/fail as an assessment. Please select your supervisor as assessor, not the lecturer or PPHS.


currently closed


Minimal Standards

The journal club is mainly assigned to the domain “Knowledge and Scientific” (research methods and information literacy) but also to “Leadership and Personal” (communication skills).