Epidemiology B - Research Designs


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


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Semester 2 - 2016

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 StudiesModule 2: Cohort StudiesModule 3: Case-Control StudiesModule 4: Randomised controlled trialsModule 5: Synthesis of Research Data: Systematic Reviews

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)

In Term Test: Take home examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Sydney Elizabeth Street and WebLearn GradSchool

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.


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

This course will be delivered as a week long intensive workshop for students enrolled at the University of Newcastle Sydney Campus. Lectures will commence on Monday 8th of August and will conclude on Friday 12th of August.