Clinical Epidemiology

Course code EPID6410Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Applies the principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in a very practical manner to improve clinical decision making. The course also provides an opportunity to develop research skills which are essential for investigating important clinical and population based health problems.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of the course the student will be able to:
1. Access evidence based information to inform clinical practice
2. Understand the properties and evaluation of health outcomes at an individual and population level
3. Understand the relationship between the natural history of disease and prognosis and the factors that influence the natural
history of disease
4. Apply concepts relating to the principles and practice of screening for early diagnosis of disease
5. Apply concepts relating to the selection and interpretation of diagnostic tests
6. Express evidence in terms of risk in ways useful to both clinicians and patients
7. Apply the concepts of Health Social Science to clinical practice and research.
8. Analyse the variations in clinical practice and understand ways to reduce variations in clinical practice to improve health
outcomes including the use of clinical guidelines
9. Identify and address relevant ethical issues when undertaking clinical research
ContentThe course content includes the following learning modules:
Module 1. Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine
Module 2. Measurements of Health Outcomes
Module 3. Natural History
Module 4. Screening
Module 5. Diagnostic Tests
Module 6. Applying Measures of Effect to your Patient
Module 7. Health Social Science and Qualitative Measures
Module 8. Variations in Clinical Practice and Clinical Guidelines
Module 9. Ethical and legal Issues in Human Experimentation
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Marked Assignments
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPID6410