This unit explores the principles, theories and practice of epidemiology. Students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the collection and interpretation of epidemiological data within the framework of health. The unit content covers the broad areas of disease distribution, study design, basic quantitative measures, causality, interpretation of epidemiological data and critical appraisal of the literature. These concepts are explored in the context of contemporary health and health care issues such as non-communicable diseases, cancer screening, mental health, domestic violence, disability and drug and alcohol addiction. The unit focuses on the development of essential skills for logical and scientific assessment and evaluation of the literature. Critical thinking, scientific and analytical competencies are emphasized throughout this unit which builds core skills essential to health and health services research, planning and evaluation of programs and policy formulation.
Note: This unit is offered in winter school as a blended unit that requires attendance for three days for face-to-face workshops and some online activities. It is also offered again in second semester as a fully online unit.
|Unit name||Introduction to Epidemiology|
|Faculty/School||Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified. Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*: the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.
*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.
|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2017: $1,131.00||2017: $2,168.00||061300|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
Winter School: is taught as a blended unit with some online activities and attendance for three days for face-to-face workshops
Semester 2: distance, fully on line
Multiple choice and short answers questions (25%), Online Module Activity (30%), Short answer assignment (20%), Critique of a journal article (25%).
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Essential Epidemiology (Webb and Bain)
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