Pharmacoepidemiology and Post-Authorisation Safety Studies

Learn the essentials of pharmacoepidemiological methods and data sources for post-approval studies (PASS)
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This accredited course (ECTS 5), offered in collaboration with University of Copenhagen, covers the principles of pharmacoepidemiology, data sources, post-approval safety studies (PASS) and related international legislation and guidelines. The regulations, practices and processes related to PASS are also included, covering both the pharmaceutical industry and the role of the regulatory authorities (EMA, PRAC and CHMP, FDA).

At the course, you will acquire an understanding of the different types of evidence produced by pharmacoepidemiological studies of adverse drug effects, and of the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs and methods. Additionally, you get a basic understanding of how to apply these skills in pharmacovigilance and risk management.

After completing the course, you will be able to choose the design and data sources that best fit the purpose of a given study and to critically evaluate published literature on drug safety. You will also know how to integrate results from drug safety surveillance.

At the course, lectures are supplemented with group discussions based on real and simulated safety scenarios and scientific literature. Prior to the course there will be some online theory exercises.

This course is an elective course for students at University of Copenhagen's Master of Industrial Drug Development (MIND). The course is open to single course students and students from other master's programmes. 

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As this course is offered in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, you apply via the joint Atrium and University of Copenhagen application form. This means that you will be enrolled at both Atrium and the University of Copenhagen, and that your data will be registered at both institutions. If you are not enrolled as a master student, you will be registered as a single course student at the University of Copenhagen.

Course fee includes examination. By default, you pay the full amount to the University of Copenhagen regardless of whether you take the exam or not. If you decide not to take the exam, you can apply for a refund of the exam fee by contacting Atrium – please see contact details below. You must apply for a refund no later than two weeks after completion of the course.

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This course is relevant for alle pharmacovigilance professionals, e.g. safety surveillance advisers, safety scientists, and patient safety associates.

What you will learn

  1. How to explain and discuss the pharmacoepidemiological methods used to generate evidence on drug safety.
  2. How to account for central pharmacoepidemiological concepts.
  3. How to understand and discuss the role of PASS in pharmacovigilance and risk management.
  4. How to explain and discuss relevant legislation and guidelines covering PASS.

What your company will get

  1. An employee who is familiar with pharmacoepidemiological evidence and the scientific and regulatory aspects of PASS.
  2. An employee who can critically evaluate published literature on drug safety.

Course information


The syllabus comprises selected chapters from Strom’s Pharmacoepidemiology, 6th edition, relevant legislation (including EU directives, EMA guidelines), good pharmacoepidemiology practice guidelines, other book chapters, scientific papers and review papers. During the course, further material consisting of lecture handouts, notes, articles, and case studies will be distributed.

Prior to the course you get access to mandatory and optional readings via your personal Atrium log-in. Please familiarise yourself with the mandatory readings before starting the course. The mandatory readings are also part of the examination syllabus.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A relevant BA degree or equivalent
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience


The exam for this course is a written assignment (3 hours). The examination will be held on “Digital Exam” (the online examination platform of the University of Copenhagen) approximately two weeks after completion of the course. 

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