The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Introduces students to the basic concepts of epidemiology. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations and the application of this knowledge to the evaluation and control of health problems in the community.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. understand how epidemiologists judge cause and effect, and the potential biases that can affect this process. To understand the difference between confounders and effect modifiers.

2. understand the measures used to describe the health of populations and the pitfalls associated with these. Includes prevalence, incidence, crude and specific rates, ratios, odds, and direct and indirect standardisation.

3. understand the design of case-control, cohort, randomised controlled and systematic review/meta-analysis studies and their analyses, including relative risks, odds ratios, attributable risk, number needed to treat, aetiologic fraction, population attributable risk, population attributable risk percent, heterogeneity, and publication bias.

4. become familiar with different frameworks for critical appraisal of an article.

5. understand the steps in investigating an epidemic, including attack rates.


Learning modules covered in this course include:

Module 1: Causation and Bias

Module 2: Health Indicators

Module 3: Study Designs

Module 4: Critical Appraisal

Module 5: Epidemic Investigation

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

In Term Test: Assignment 1: MCQ

In Term Test: Assignment 2: MCQ

In Term Test: Online Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only.

Self-Directed Learning

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

Contact hours are an indication only