Courses & Units

Evidence Based Health Care CSA288


The Evidence Based Health Care unit is a foundation course developing your ability to understand the concepts of evidence-based practice in health care delivery and to apply its principles to your own health professional environment. This unit introduces you to the principles of evidence-based practice, encompassing not only its strengths, but also its limitations. The unit outlines the components and determinants of evidence-based practice, including the evaluation of literature, health economics and health statistics, the role and autonomy of the patient, risk assessment and prioritisation, clinical decision making, and quality and safety management. Workshops within this unit focus on applying evidence-based practice to real life scenarios in a problem-based learning environment. It is paramount that health professionals can apply the available evidence to individual patients, and this requires the research evidence to be assessed in terms of risk and benefit in the context of the patient’s circumstances and the prevailing local and international environment. You will be given a range of practical tasks to complete, both individually and in small groups, that will assist you to develop skills in risk assessment, risk management, prioritisation and clinical decision making, embracing the themes of interpreting evidence and applying it to individual patients or situations. Ethical health care practice will be a theme that is embedded throughout the unit, with multiple opportunities for you to consider and discuss ethical aspects both in theory and in real life scenarios. The knowledge and skills gained in this unit will be fundamental to your progression in your undergraduate program and to your practice as a health care professional after registration.


Unit name Evidence Based Health Care
Unit code CSA288
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Ms Tasha Millington
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Summer school On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Summer school 2/1/2023 13/1/2023 30/1/2023 26/2/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • analyse situations and utilise decision making skills when assessing professional, legal and ethical aspects of pharmacy practice.
  • demonstrate an understanding (and practice) of ethical practice for healthcare professionals.
  • demonstrate an ability to work effectively as part of teams/groups and constructively contribute to learning.
  • search, evaluate and appropriately reference drug information and pharmacy related literature.
  • apply an evidence-based decision framework in the management of medicines and use of healthcare interventions.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060500 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online learning resources (equivalent to 3 hours of activity per week) with supporting workshops.

AssessmentGroup debate presentation (10%)|Role play activity (10%)|Written assignment 2: Statistics (15%)|Written assignment 1: Critical review of health care literature (25%)|Final Exam (40%)
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