- Code POPH8552
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Medicine, Medical Science, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Suhail Doi
- Mode of delivery Online
First Semester 2019
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This course aims to impart the principles of population based (epidemiologic) evidence to the understanding of variations in the outcome of illness and the reasons thereof (Clinical Epidemiology) thereby providing the framework for finding the best answers to "real world" questions about clinical practice and health care. Individuals taking this course (who usually have a health care background) acquire the basic skills required to understand the fundamental questions about the effectiveness of clinical therapies, usefulness of screening and diagnostic tools, and gain the skills required of effective EBM practitioners.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Generate a critical question leading up from a health scenario
2 Locate, navigate and extract relevant data from important sources of health information
3 Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate the basic principles underlying validity of the results of health care outcome studies
4 Evaluate quantitatively the usefulness of diagnostic and screening tests in health care practice
5 Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate point estimates (effect sizes) used in clinical epidemiology
6 Examine critically, and evaluate principles underlying precision of the effect sizes reported in health care research
7 Understand and apply the principles underlying the translation of research results to health care practice
8 Integrate and apply results (generalize) to specific health care problems
Indicative AssessmentWattle forum discussions (6 forums, regular) (30%) – LO 1-8
Assignment - Report modelled on the Fresno test (3000 words) (70%) - LO 1-8
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Workload1-hour sessions of online delivered lectures as well as 2 hrs discussion forum involvement on Wattle per week.for 12 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7-8 hours per week of independent study.
Prescribed TextsDoi SA. Understanding Evidence in Health Care: Using Clinical Epidemiology; ISBN: 9781420256697; Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Edition: 1st edition, 2012
Assumed KnowledgeA health care background is recommended but not essential. Basic knowledge of statistics would be an advantage
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