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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate competence in calculations associated with measurement in epidemiologyKnowledge of a discipline
2identify and explain appropriate methodologies in the attribution of association and causationIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3evaluate the environmental, social, and cultural determinants of health in the Australian context Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4source and present scientific literature related to common questions on population health and health policyIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
5relate the natural history of disease to models for disease screening and prevention.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate competence in calculations associated with measurement in epidemiology
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify and explain appropriate methodologies in the attribution of association and causation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. evaluate the environmental, social, and cultural determinants of health in the Australian context
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. source and present scientific literature related to common questions on population health and health policy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. relate the natural history of disease to models for disease screening and prevention.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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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