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Epidemiology for Biostatisticians - BSTA5011

Year - 2018

On completion of this unit students should be familiar with the major concepts and tools of epidemiology, the study of health in populations, and should be able to judge the quality of evidence in health-related research literature. This unit covers: historical developments in epidemiology; sources of data on mortality and morbidity; disease rates and standardisation; prevalence and incidence; life expectancy; linking exposure and disease (eg. relative risk, attributable risk); main types of study designs - case series, ecological studies, cross-sectional surveys, case-control studies, cohort or follow-up studies, randomised controlled trials; sources of error (chance, bias, confounding); association and causality; evaluating published papers; epidemics and epidemic investigation; surveillance; prevention; screening; the role of epidemiology in health services research and policy.

Classes
8-12 hours total study time per week, distance learning

Assessment
3x written assignments (25%, 50%, 25%)

Textbooks
Bain C, Webb P. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Prohibitions

PUBH5010 or CEPI5100

Details

Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Distance education
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Professor Judy Simpson
HECS Band: 2
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