• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Public Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Cathy Day
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Forums (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Critical Appraisal (30) [LO 3,4,5,6]
  4. Final Exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

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

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Population Health Honours Specialisation (POPH-HSPC).

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

Prescribed Texts

Webb P and Bain C. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals. 2nd Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6300
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3363 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A
2971 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online N/A

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