Pharmacoepidemiology: Behavioural & Cultural Theme

Course code EPID6510Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Covers a range of academic activities that are relevant to the use and effects of pharmaceuticals in communities. The course covers the behavioural aspects of drug use,including prescriber behaviour and methods that can be used to change this. The
importance of good questionnaire development in survey design is emphasised, as is the use of time series analysis when controlled observational or
quasi-experimental designs are not possible.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAfter completing the course, students will have the following knowledge or skills:
1. An awareness of important issues in questionnaire design for use in pharmacoepidemiological studies. 2. The capacity to conduct and accurately interpret the results of drug utilisation studies.
3. An understanding of the determinants of prescriber behaviours. 4. An appreciation of the techniques that can be used to change prescriber behaviours.
5. An understanding of the strengths and limitations of time series analysis.
6. The capacity to perform critical appraisal of published articles on drug utilisation and prescriber behaviour.
ContentDrug utilisation studies; Social and cultural aspects of pharmaceutical use; Questionnaire development and application; Prescriber behaviour - measurement and change; Time series analysis.
Replacing Course(s)EPID6510A and EPID6510B - Multi Term Sequence courses.
TransitionNot necessary - all students have completed.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments5 Progress Assignments worth 10% each and 2 Marked Assignments worth 25% each.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term