OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces the science of 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

  • General principles in epidemiology
  • Measuring health
  • Descriptive epidemiology
  • Association and causality
  • Analytic epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology and health policy
  • Screening and prevention of chronic disease
  • Communicable disease and epidemics
  • Determinants of health

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 2

  • This textbook will be supplied by the Unit Assessor as a PDF: Bonita, R, Beaglehole, R & Kjellstrom, T, 2006, Basic Epidemiology, 2nd edn, World Health Organisation, Geneva. ISBN: 9789241547079.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr  (12 wks)
Tutorial online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Written assessment20%

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


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