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.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE2AHR


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals.PrescribedWebb, P & Bain, C 20112ND EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNI PRESS, CAMBRIDGE.
ReadingsBasic epidemiology.RecommendedBeaglehole, R, Bonita, R, Kjellstrom, T 20072ND EDN, WHO, GENEVA.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

Class requirements

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

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


Assessment elementComments%
One 1,000-word self-directed learning task.30
One 2-hour online exam (equiv to 1,500 words).40
Participation in ten online skills workshop exercises (equiv to 1,000 words).30