Introduction to Public Health

Course code MEDI1013Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Enables students to gain an understanding of the public health issues related to the investigation, management and prevention of health problems in groups and communities, as well as gaining an insight into research methodology and a critical appreciation of the medical literature with an emphasis on evidence-based practice.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Medicine program.

This course is offered in Semester 1 only.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. demonstrate basic skills required to pursue an appropriately targeted independent enquiry relating to a simple medical problem;

2. understand, interpret, and calculate measures of disease frequency in populations;

3. determine how clinicians or researchers investigate cause-effect and at risk approaches in populations;

4. understand the different epidemiological study designs and be able to calculate relevant measures of effect such as relative risk and odds ratio;

5. critically appraise observational and experimental studies used to investigate common health problems or interventions in populations;

6. assess and interpret results of scientific studies relevant to common medical problems;

7. interpret results of commonly used statistical methods as they are presented in published medical literature;

8. demonstrate basic understanding of the requirements for valid screening and diagnostic tests;

9. understand the models of health and their relevance for health promotion; and

10. demonstrate an understanding of the various levels of preventative strategies across the lifespan.
ContentFixed Resource Sessions covering public health issues and exercises in data interpretation (evidence in medicine)

Tutorials in epidemiology and evidence-based practice
TransitionStudents must successfully complete all requirements of Year 1 before progressing to Year 2.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsProgress Assignment 1
Progress Assignment 2
Examination: Formalwritten assessment using a variety of instruments (MCQ, SAQ)
Tutorialattendance and participation
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1.5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MEDI1013