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.
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|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Doctor Sue-Anne (Sue) Pearson|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||Delivered wholly by the provider|
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- provide evidence of your understanding of different epidemiological study designs and their strengths and weaknesses
- provide evidence of your ability to identify and address error and bias in research.
- provide evidence of your ability to apply epidemiological concepts to the evaluation of research literature regarding evidence for and against causal associations.
- demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others, both to their benefit and the benefit of their team members.
- demonstrate an understanding of the calculation and interpretation of some basic epidemiological statistics.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
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Semester 1: On line and face-to-face
Semester 2: distance, fully on line
|Assessment||Online Quiz x 5 (25%)|Online Written Assignments (45%)|Critique of a journal article (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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