• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Wei Du
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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Data analysis is a central activity in applied epidemiology providing underlying evidence for public health policy formulation and action. Data may come from studies with survey, cohort or case control designs, or from health system surveillance or monitoring. The different types of data require different analytic methods appropriate to the form of the data and to the research question. This course aims to introduce students to some different types of quantitative public health data, with a focus on secondary dataset analysis, and to give students the opportunity for hands-on learning of epidemiological data analysis skills. The course is relevant to any student interested in a career in public health or health research, or to those wishing to extend their statistical skills to analysis of public health data.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define questions of public health significance appropriate to secondary dataset analysis
  2. Design an analysis plan
  3. Perform a descriptive analysis
  4. Identify and use appropriate statistical analytic approaches and methods
  5. Identify limitations of data analyses
  6. Communicate findings for public health action

Other Information

Students enrolled in this course should 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, or equivalent experience. Students wishing to do this subject, but do not have these prerequisites should contact the convener.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online exam (40) [LO 3,4]
  2. Written assignment (statistical analysis plan) (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Written assignment (statistical analysis report) (40) [LO 3,4,5,6]

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Workload

The course is available both in person and online. Students who choose to take this course in person are expected to attend lectures (2-3 hours per week face-to-face sessions) including self-study which will include preparation for assignments. Online students will engage with the material throughout the semester and will receive the same level of support via email and online mechanisms.

Prior to the start of Semester all students must complete an introductory online non-assessable quiz.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed POPH8101 or equivalent with permission from the course convenor.

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

Prescribed Texts

Betty Kirkwood & Jonathon Stern. Essential Medical Statistics. 3rd Edition. Blackwell Science, Oxford 2012. ISBN: 1405158964

Assumed Knowledge

Understanding of basic epidemiology and biostatistics.

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
2020 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8904 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
8905 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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