Epidemiology B - Research Designs


Extends the points, analyses, and designs covered in EPID6420 Epidemiology A.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of descriptive studies, including cross-sectional, and ecologic designs, and sampling methods.

2. to understand the potential advantages and disadvantages of cohort studies and extensions such as nested case-control and case-cohort studies, to understand differential and non-differential misclassification, and time to event analysis.

3. to understand the assumptions inherent in the case-control and case-crossover designs, and methods to avoid bias.

4. to understand in more detail the sources of bias in RCT including concealment errors, randomisation techniques, type of RCTs and analysis.

5. to understand the steps in writing a systematic review, and sources of bias; this includes funnel plots, basics of calculating pooled odds ratios, and exploring sources of heterogeneity.


Module 1: Descriptive Studies
Module 2: Cohort Studies
Module 3: Case-Control Studies
Module 4: Randomised controlled trials
Module 5: Synthesis of Research Data: Systematic Reviews

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)

In Term Test: Take home examination

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool and Callaghan

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Two hours Face to Face Tutorial delivered at Callaghan Campus. Contact hours are an indication only.