- Code POPH4100
- 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 Public Health
This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number for the relevant mode of delivery when enrolling.
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:
- Understand basic principles of epidemiology.
- Identify key sources of population health data.
- Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency.
- Describe and design basic epidemiologic studies and know the advantages and disadvantages of each design.
- Define major sources of error and bias in epidemiologic research, assess the implications and identify approaches to minimise their impact.
- Use epidemiologic reasoning to evaluate causal inference in epidemiologic studies and to critically review epidemiologic literature.
- Forums (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Critical Appraisal (30) [LO 3,4,5,6]
- Final Exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
In Person delivery mode:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour block comprising a mix of lecture and tutorials per week
- Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Online delivery mode: Approximately 10 hours per week of reading, online lessons, exercises and assessment preparation
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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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