- Code POPH4100
- Unit Value 6 units
This course is offered in online mode only.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Understand basic principles of epidemiology
2. Identify key sources of population health data
3. Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency
4. Describe and design basic epidemiologic studies and know the advantages and disadvantages of each design
5. Define major sources of error and bias in epidemiologic research, assess the implications and identify approaches to minimise their impact
6. Use epidemiologic reasoning to evaluate causal inference in epidemiologic studies and to critically review epidemiologic literature
7. Communicate epidemiological information to professional and other audiences
8. Reflect on the role of epidemiology in informing scientific, political, ethical and economic discussion of population and public health issues
Indicative AssessmentParticipation 10% (LO 1-8)
Short Quizzes 20% (LO 3-6)
Online Exam 30% (LO 1-8)
Critical Appraisal Essay 40% (LO 1-8)
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WorkloadIn Person delivery mode: 3 hours each Tuesday morning, comprising a mix of lecture and tutorials, plus 7 hours per week of associated study.
Prescribed TextsWebb P and Bain C. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. 2nd Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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