Pharmacoepidemiology is a key discipline for understanding the safety of medicines, it has made important contributions to our understanding of drug safety. It is also being increasingly recognised as a practical tool for supporting risk management and planning safety activities at the time medicines are authorised. Expertise in pharmacoepidemiology is now a must for any research based pharmaceutical company. Our Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology course is aimed at introducing delegates to the core concepts of this scientific discipline. Attendance at this course can be used as part of the training required for the Drug Safety Surveillance module of the Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST).