• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Medicine, Medical Science, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online

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.

Learning Outcomes

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 Assessment

Wattle 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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1-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 Texts

Doi SA. Understanding Evidence in Health Care: Using Clinical Epidemiology; ISBN: 9781420256697; Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Edition: 1st edition, 2012

Assumed Knowledge

A health care background is recommended but not essential. Basic knowledge of statistics would be an advantage


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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

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