Epidemiology A - Basic Methods


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.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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

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.

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.

4. to become familiar with different frameworks for critical appraisal of an article.

5. to understand the steps in investigating an epidemic, including attack rates.


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

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)

In Term Test: Take home examination

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool and Callaghan

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only.