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Epidemiology and Principles of Research (8580.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Public Health


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This unit will cover the application of epidemiological techniques, especially measures of disease frequency and association and research designs to collect data on public health issues. Students will be introduced to critical appraisal of the research literature in public health.

This unit is co-taught with unit 9594 Epidemiology and Principles of Research PG

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Interpret evidence based information to apply within policy and practice in public health contexts;

2. Identify research approaches and specific designs to the collection and use of data to better understand public health issues;

3. Interpret, manage and analyze health data;

4. Apply some of the principles and techniques of epidemiology to public health issues;

5. Identify a public health issue, seek relevant evidence on the topic and interpret the available evidence;

6. Understand issues relating to the application of research methods and public health ethics.

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Contact Hours

A 1 hour lecture and a 2 hour tutorial session per week.





Assumed Knowledge

Broad knowledge of Australian health care.

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