Health Indicators and Health Surveys
|Course code BIOS6080||Units 10||Level 6000||Faculty 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 2014
|Objectives||At 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.
|Content||Students 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.|
|Assumed Knowledge||Mathematical Background for Biostatistics (BIOS6040)*|
*Co-requisite may be taken concurrently.
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : Paper Based|
|Teaching Methods||Self Directed Learning|
|Contact Hours||Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for BIOS6080|