Health Indicators and Health Surveys

Course code BIOS6080Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Students are introduced to a variety of sources of routinely collected health-related data and how these data are used to derive population measures of fertility, mortality and morbidity, and to measure health service utilisation, disease registration and reporting. This course is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Available in 2015

Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course students should be able to:
1. derive and compare population measures of mortality, illness, fertility and survival, using basic demographic tools such as life tables and age standardisation
2. access the main sources of routinely collected health data and choose the appropriate one, taking into account their advantages and disadvantages
3. design a valid and reliable health survey to collect primary data, design an efficient sampling strategy to obtain a random sample of the target population, and choose the most appropriate mode of delivery
4. analyse, interpret and present the results of survey data, taking the sampling strategy into account.
ContentStudents learn to use quantitative demographic methods of direct and indirect age standardisation, and calculation of life expectancy by life table techniques to obtain valid comparisons between different population groups, and to examine health differentials.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMathematical Background for Biostatistics (BIOS6040)*
*Co-requisite may be taken concurrently.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignments 100% (4 written assignments, 2 worth 25% each, 1 worth 20% and 1 worth 30%)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics or Master of Medical Statistics programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOS6080