• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Epidemiology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Day
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course POPH4100
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    See Future Offerings

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health in populations and the application of this study to improve health. The course will cover basic epidemiological concepts including study design; measures of disease frequency and association; bias, confounding and effect modification; causality; screening; and disease surveillance. The course will also introduce the basic tools necessary for using and interpreting population health data.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to

  1. Understand basic principles of epidemiology
  2. Identify key sources of population health data
  3. Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency
  4. Describe and design basic epidemiologic studies and know the advantages and disadvantages of each design
  5. Define major sources of error and bias in epidemiologic research, assess the implications and identify approaches to minimise their impact
  6. Use epidemiologic reasoning to evaluate causal inference in epidemiologic studies and to critically review epidemiologic literature
  7. Communicate epidemiological information to professional and other audiences
  8. Reflect on the role of epidemiology in informing scientific, political, ethical and economic discussion of population and public health issues

Other Information

Recommended Course - POPH8101 Biostatistics in Population Health
POPH8101 Biostatistics in Population Health can be taken in conjunction with POPH8100.

Indicative Assessment

  • Participation 10% (LO 1-8)
  • Short Quizzes 20% (LO 3-6)
  • Online Exam 40% (LO 1-8)
  • Critical Appraisal Essay 30% (LO 1-8)

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Workload

In Person delivery mode: 3 hours each Tuesday morning, comprising a mix of lecture and tutorials, plus 7 hours per week of associated study.

Online delivery mode: 10 hours per week of reading, online lessons, exercises and assessment preparation

Please note that the course is offered in both In Person and Online mode in Semester 1, and in Online mode only in Semester 2

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with POPH4100

Prescribed Texts

Webb P, Bain C and Page A. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. 3rd Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4092
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5454
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3198 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person
4820 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 Online

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9869 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 Online

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