• Offered by National Ctre for Epidemiology & Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Emily Fearnley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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The Methods in Applied Epidemiological Research course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to undertake an applied epidemiological research study in the field.

Throughout the course the emphasis will be on understanding these concepts and skills by applying them to scenarios based on real-life field epidemiology projects lead by the course staff. Teaching will be through case studies, lectures and small group tutorials.

Topics will include:

    1. Getting started

  • Developing and refining  your research question
  • Searching the literature
  • Introduction to reference management software
  • Ethical issues

        2. Sampling and recruitment

    • Sample size calculations
    • Recruitment and retention of participants
    • Project management for research

        3. Measurement and recording

    • Issues in questionnaire design
    • Minimising bias when quantifying outcomes and exposures

        4. Communicating and reporting

    • Writing scientific articles
    • Presenting at conferences
    • Communicating to a lay audience

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

    At the successful completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

      1. Formulate an answerable public health research question
      2. Using a systematic approach, search the literature relevant to a public health problem
      3. Interpret and summarise the literature relevant to a public health problem.
      4. Describe suitable research methods for investigating  public health problems
      5. Develop a feasible research plan including practical aspects
      6. Recognise practical and theoretical issues related to epidemiological research
      7. Effectively communicate research methods and findings to a range of stakeholders

        Other Information

        Students enrolled in this course are required to have completed an undergraduate degree and Masters level courses on Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics from a recognised School of Public Health (either in Australia or internationally), or completion of Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Fundamentals of Biostatistics short courses held at the ANU. Students wishing to do these subjects, but do not have these prerequisites should contact the convener.

        Indicative Assessment

        1. Literature review: 30%
        2. Peer critique: 10%
        3. Research proposal:  60%

        The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


        Attendance and participation at a four day intensive program (approx 28 hours) is required (3-6 September 2012), participation in online teaching sessions over the semester plus additional time spent on pre-reading, self-directed study and completing the assessment requirements as per a 6-unit course load.

        Requisite and Incompatibility

        You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed POPH8915

        You will need to contact the National Ctre for Epidemiology & Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


        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:
        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, Dates and Class Summary Links

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        The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
        Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

        First Semester

        Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
        4681 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
        8454 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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