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||College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
|Available as student elective?||No|
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Semester 1: On line and face-to-face
Semester 2: distance, fully on line
1. Online Quiz x 5 (25%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Essential Epidemiology (Webb and Bain)
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