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Epidemiology and Principles of Research PG (9594.3)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Public Health

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Syllabus

This unit introduces students to the core principles of epidemiology, specifically the measurement of health status of populations and provides students with the ability to critically appraise epidemiological research literature.

The unit provides an overview of study designs, measures of disease frequency and association, measurement bias, and issues of confounding. A brief overview of statistical analysis is provided including basic parametric and non-parametric analyses, although basic statistical knowledge is assumed. The activities require a basic knowledge of relevant statistical programs (e.g. SPSS).

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand the research process including design, ethical issues and evidence-based practice;

2. Conduct a critical appraisal of a published paper;

3. Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency and association;

4. Identify major forms of bias and confounding; and

5. Identify issues relating to the application of research methods and ethics.

Assessment Items

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Contact Hours

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

Prerequisites

None.

Corequisites

Students in this unit must be enrolled in a Masters or Honours program in the Faculty of Health, including but not limited to the following programs: Master of Nutrition, 771AA, Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, 772AA, or Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition, 776AA, Master of Physiotherapy, 768AA, Master of Occupational Therapy, 132JA, Graduate Certificate in Health Research, 133JA, Master of Speech Pathology, 371JA. Students undertaking the Professional Doctorate in Nursing, 253JA will undertake this unit as well.

Assumed Knowledge

At least one semester of statistics at undergraduate or post graduate level.

Incompatible Units

6469 Epidemiology and Principles of Research PG.

Equivalent Units

6469 Epidemiology and Principles of Research PG.


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