Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
|Course code EPID6420||Units 10||Level 6000||Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health|
Introduces students to the basic concepts of epidemiology. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations, and the application of this knowledge to the evaluation and control of health problems in the community.
Available in 2014
|Objectives||Module 1: to understand how epidemiologists judge cause and effect, and the potential biases that can affect this process. To understand the difference between confounders and effect modifiers.|
Module 2: to understand the measures used to describe the health of populations and the pitfalls associated with these. Includes prevalence, incidence, crude and specific rates, ratios, odds, and direct and indirect standardisation.
Module 3: to understand the design of case-control, cohort and randomised controlled studies and their analyses, including relative risks, odds ratios, attributable risk, number needed to treat, aetiologic fraction, population attributable risk and population attributable risk percent.
Module 4: to become familiar with different frameworks for critical appraisal of an article.
Module 5: to understand the steps in investigating an epidemic, including attack rates.
|Content||Learning modules covered in this course include:|
Module 1: Causation and bias
Module 2: Health indicators
Module 3: Study Designs
Module 4: Critical Appraisal
Module 5: Epidemic investigation
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based|
Distance Learning : Paper Based
|Teaching Methods||Email Discussion Group|
|Contact Hours||Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for EPID6420|