Decision Analysis (PUBH5205)


This unit examines quantitative approaches to public health and clinical decision-making. Topics of study include: decision trees and health-related utility assessment; incorporating diagnostic information in decision making; sensitivity and threshold analysis; and application of decision analysis to economic evaluation. Students gain practical skills using decision analysis software via computer practicals undertaken within sessions 4-6. The assessment quiz (20%) is conducted in the first part of session 5. Exercises are set at the end of most sessions and are reviewed at the start of the following session. Readings are also set after most sessions. Preparation time for each session is 1-2 hours.

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Further unit of study information


Six 2-hour sessions comprising five lectures (sessions 1-4 and 6), one quiz (session 5), and three computer practicals (sessions 4-6)


1 x quiz (20%) and 1 written assignment (80%)

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Unit of study rules


PUBH5018 and (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100)

Assumed knowledge

PUBH5302 Health Economic Evaluation

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Cross-institutional study

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