The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recall common population health/social indicators and calculate common measures of disease/death frequency, and crude, specific and standardised rates.

2. Recall the range of sampling strategies and determine which is optimal to recruit subjects for a particular study.

3. Differentiate between the types of descriptive studies, and identify their importance and limitations.

4. Distinguish between association and causation, and identify the errors that can weaken the demonstration of a causative link.

5. Apply the Bradford Hill criteria of causation to an association to evaluate if this is likely to be causal.

6. Construct and use a 2X2 table to calculate and interpret measures of effect from cross-sectional studies, case control studies, cohort studies, and RCTs.

7. Interpret a forest plot, pooled effect size, and measures of heterogeneity and publication bias from a SR&MA.

8. Identify strengths and limitations related to the quality of a case control study, cohort study, RCT and/or SR&MA.


Content

Learning modules covered in this course include:

Module 1: Descriptive epidemiology

Module 2: Analytic observational studies

Module 3: Error

Module 4: Systematic review and meta-analysis


Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz 1 - 25%

Quiz: Online Quiz 2 - 25%

Quiz: Online Quiz 3 - 25%

Quiz: Online Quiz 4 - 25%


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Self-Directed Learning

Online 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only

Online

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only.

Self-Directed Learning

Online 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only