Field specific doctoral level course, 5.0/1.0 ECTS
Target group: PhD students and postdoctoral researchers

CONTENT AND COURSE PROGRAM (small changes possible)


Credits: 5.0/1.0 ECTS

  • 1) 5.0 ECTS: preliminary reading, lectures, and protocol as an independent work (an individual learning assignment), active participation (minimum 80%) in lectures. This part is possible for students from the Research Unit of Health Sciences and Technology. or
  • 2) 1.0 ECTS: preliminary reading, lectures, active participation (minimum 80%) in lectures, preparation of a summary. This part is possible for all students.
  • Assessment: Pass/Fail

Target group: PhD students and postdoctoral researchers

Language: Lectures are held in English (discussions in English or Finnish)

Funded by Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme (HBS-PD)

Registration: at the latest 22.11., registration from the link or minna.ylisirnio(at)


Wednesday 13 December 2023 8:20–15.40 remotely by using Zoom

  • 8.20–8.30 Introduction to the course. Outi Kanste Prof.
  • 8.30–10.00 Registers as data source in Finland & planning the register-based research: process, ethical and legal issues. Mika Gissler, research professor, THL
  • 10.00 –10.10 Break
  • 10.10–11.30 Secondary use of health and social data: the Data Permit Authority Findata and the secure processing environment Kapseli. Peija Haaramo, Chief Metadata Specialist, Social and Health Data Permit Authority (Findata)
  • 11.30–12.00 Lunch break
  • 12.00–13.00 Utilization of large data sets: a case for maternal health research. Reeta Lamminpää, PhD, University Researcher, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland
  • 13.00 –13.15 Break
  • 13.15–14.15 Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, opportunities and challenges in research. Minna Ruddock, research director, Infrastructure for Population Studies, Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu
  • 14.15–14.30 Break
  • 14.30–15.30 Hospital data lakes in register-based research. Outi Laatikainen, MSc. (pharm), PhD, University of Oulu, Oulu University Hospital
  • 15.30–15.40 Closing of the day, Outi Kanste Prof