The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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

10. Demonstrate an understanding of the various levels of preventative strategies across the lifespan.


  • Fixed Resource Sessions covering public health issues and exercises in data interpretation (evidence in medicine)
  • Tutorials in epidemiology and evidence-based practice

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Bachelor of Medicine degree (10379).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Participation: Tutorial

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (MCQ, SAQ)