EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

PHE3EPI

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

The purpose of this subject is to extend your capacity to conceptualise, measure and discuss patterns of disease, risk and health-related conditions among populations. You will prepare a research proposal for testing a new solution to a current public health problem. In this subject you will make use of publicly available health data and published studies to explore contemporary concepts and issues in public health. Learning will be through investigating issues to gain understanding of appropriate population statistics and research designs. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential, which entails developing ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas and taking calculated risks to create change.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHassan Vally

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE2AHR

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEpidemiologyRecommendedButtner Petra, Muller ReinholdOxford

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse distributions and patterns of public health issues in human populations with a focus on identifying solutions to public health problem.

Activities:
Workshop in accessing public databases related to health.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Synthesise publicly available data sources and key research papers in public health.

Activities:
Workshop for preparing a funding application
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Devise appropriate epidemiological approaches to obtaining high quality research evidence to address current challenges in public health.

Activities:
Guest presentations to inform problem-based learning activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Working independently and in groups, critically appraise epidemiological data and methods to develop an innovative research proposal consistent with ethical standards

Activities:
Workshop for preparing a funding application
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Critically appraise public health data and peer reviewed literature and communicate it clearly and concisely to peers and others in the community.

Activities:
Assignments for preparing a funding application
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHassan Vally

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Self directed. To be completed prior to workshop."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1.5-hour exam.35 01, 03, 05
Take home quiz (equiv to 1,750 words).Short and moderate length answer questions and calculations45 02, 04, 05
Public health research proposal plan (equiv to 600 words).20 01, 02, 04