• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Day
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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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, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Recognise and define important population health questions
  • Identify and choose appropriate study designs
  • Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency and association and confidence intervals around these measures
  • Identify and assess the implications of bias and confounding in epidemiological research
  • Identify key sources of population health data
  • Critically appraise epidemiological literature
  • Communicate epidemiological information to professional and other audiences
  • Reflect on the role of epidemiology in informing scientific, political, ethical and economic discussion of health issues

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%)

Online Quizzes (20%)

In-class Assessment (40%)

Critical Appraisal (30%)

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Workload

In Semester 1, 3 hours each Tuesday morning, comprising a mix of lecture and tutorials, plus 7 hours per week of associated study.


In Winter Session, one intensive week comprising 7 hours per day, plus three additional mornings later in the year.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Webb P and Bain C. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. 2nd Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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:
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
2016 $3894
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5190
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 Class Summary
4822 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9834 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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