Available in 2018

Course handbook


Applies the principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in a very practical manner to improve clinical decision making. The course also provides an opportunity to develop research skills which are essential for investigating important clinical and population based health problems.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Access evidence based information to inform clinical practice;

2. Understand the relationship between the natural history of disease and prognosis and the factors that influence the natural history of disease;

3. Understand the properties and evaluation of health outcomes at an individual and population level;

4. Apply the concepts of health social science to clinical practice and research;

5. Apply concepts relating to the selection and interpretation of diagnostic tests;

6. Apply concepts relating to the principles and practice of screening for early diagnosis of disease;

7. Express evidence in terms of risk in ways useful to both clinicians and patients;

8. Identify and address relevant ethical issues when undertaking clinical research;

9. Analyse variations in clinical practice and understand ways to reduce variations in clinical practice to improve health outcomes, including the use of clinical guidelines.


The course content includes the following learning modules:

Module 1. Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine

Module 2. Natural History

Module 3. Measurements of Health Outcomes

Module 4. Design of Measurement Scales and Questionnaires

Module 5. Diagnostic Tests

Module 6. Screening

Module 7. Applying Measures of Effect to your Patient

Module 8. Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Experimentation

Module 9. Variations in Clinical Practice and Clinical Guidelines

Assumed knowledge

This course builds on EPID6420 Epidemiology A

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Contact hours

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Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only.