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, health care delivery and human services. The unit content covers the broad areas of disease distribution, study design, basic quantitative measures, causality, interpretation of 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.
|Unit name||Introduction to Epidemiology|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Doctor Sue Pearson|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Distinguish between different epidemiological study designs in relation to their major features, strengths and limitations
- Identify and discuss how to address sources of error and bias in epidemiological research
- Critically appraise epidemiological research in relation to validity and inference of causality
- Communicate academic arguments effectively
- Identify, calculate and interpret basic epidemiological measures of disease frequency and relative risk
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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Independent learning 6-8 hours weekly; Tutorial (on-campus offering only) 2 hours weekly.
|Assessment||Online Quiz x 5 (25%)|Online Written Assignments (45%)|Critique of a journal article (30%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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