Unit description

Enhances knowledge of biostatistics and pathogenesis of disease as they relate to epidemiology and population health and disease.  Students will study the principles, methods and application of epidemiology in the identification, control and prevention of disease in the community.

Unit content

Topic 1: General principles in epidemiology

Topic 2: Measuring health

Topic 3: Observational and experimental studies in epidemiology

Topic 4: Biostatistics

Topic 5: Causation and causal inference

Topic 6: Inter-relationships between host, agent, and environment in infectious disease epidemiology

Topic 7: Screening and the prevention of disease

Topic 8: Communicable disease and epidemics

Topic 9: Social, psychological, behavioural, cultural and environmental determinants of health

Topic 10: Future directions and current challenges in epidemiology

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

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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

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