EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR PRACTICE

PHE2EFP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Epidemiology is a foundation science for many areas of practice across the health sector; it provides a framework for analysing potential solutions to health problems, big and small, by emphasising the sound use of numbers and a way of thought. In other words, epidemiology is concerned with not just counting but also with thinking about what is worth counting and how best to count it. The purpose of this subject is to help students interpret the mass of epidemiological literature and the various types of health data that they might come across as health practitioners. It seeks to achieve this by providing opportunities for learning how to conceptualise, measure and discuss patterns of disease and risk in populations using appropriate statistics and research designs. The subject is taught online.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals.PrescribedWebb, P & Bain, C & Page, A 20173RD EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNI PRESS, CAMBRIDGE.
ReadingsBasic epidemiology.RecommendedBeaglehole, R, Bonita, R, Kjellstrom, T 20072ND EDN, WHO, GENEVA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss the contribution of epidemiology to science and its emergence as a research discipline.

Activities:
Online lectures, activities, discussion forums, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Communication

02. Describe, apply and interpret basic epidemiological measures of frequency and association.

Activities:
Online lectures, activities, discussion forums, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies
Inquiry/ Research
Communication
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

03. Explain the uses, advantages/disadvantages and ethical aspects of different study designs.

Activities:
Online lectures, activities, discussion forums, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies
Creative Problem-solving
Writing
Communication
Ethical/ Social Responsibility
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

04. Identify and assess the implications of chance, bias, confounding in epidemiological research.

Activities:
Online lectures, activities, discussion forums, exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline Specific Competencies
Communication

05. Apply knowledge of epidemiological concepts when critically reviewing scientific literature.

Activities:
Online lectures, activities, discussion forums, exam, self-directed learning task.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Communication
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline Specific Competencies
Critical Thinking
Writing
Creative Problem-solving

06. Explain the role of epidemiology in various public health activities such as outbreak investigations, surveillance, prevention and screening.

Activities:
Online lectures, activities, discussion forums, exam, self-directed learning task.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Discipline Specific Competencies
Critical Thinking
Ethical/ Social Responsibility
Teamwork
Communication

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

Class requirements

Lecture
One 2.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via online.
"Online equivalent of two hours of lectures per week."

Tutorial
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week and delivered via online.
"Online equivalent of a one-hour tutorial per week."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,000-word self-directed learning task.30 05, 06
One 2-hour online exam (equiv to 2000 words).40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Participation in ten online skills workshop exercises (equiv to 1,000 words).30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06