• Offered by National Ctre for Epidemiology & Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Epidemiology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Day
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    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, 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

Other Information

Students intending to enrol in POPH8100 for Winter Session 2016 will require a permission code to enrol. To request a permission code, please contact the course convenor - Cathy Day (cathy.day@anu.edu.au).

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%)

Online Quizzes (20%)

In-class Assessment (40%)

Critical Appraisal (30%)

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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 National Ctre for Epidemiology & 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.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended Course - POPH8101 Biostatistics in Population Health


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.

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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3358 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6505 15 Aug 2016 29 Aug 2016 02 Sep 2016 11 Nov 2016 In Person N/A

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