Unit description

Introduces students to an evidence-based approach to clinical and public health practice. Students are taught how to frame a relevant clinical or public health question, search and appraise the available evidence, and use this to develop appropriate responses in day-to-day practice and policy setting.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to evidence-based practice 
Topic 2 Framing the question and finding the evidence 
Topic 3 Qualitative research in evidence-based practice 
Topic 4 Questions about effects of interventions 
Topic 5 Questions about diagnosis 
Topic 6 Questions about prognosis 
Topic 7 Critical appraisal of systematic reviews and meta-analyses 
Topic 8 Questions about clinical guidelines 
Topic 9 Implementing evidence into practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S. & Del Mar, C., 2013, Evidence based practice across the health professions, 2nd, Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW. ISBN: 9780729541350.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Short written response20%
Critical review30%
Critical review50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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