EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

PHE3EPI

2015

Credit points: 15

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. These are important in the development and understanding of evidence related to public health. With guest and expert presentations, we will review the use of publicly available health data, and published studies, to look at contemporary concepts and issues. Learning will be through investigating issues with an understanding of appropriate population statistics and research designs.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDell Horey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites If enrolled in [HZHSID - Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of International Development or HZHSB - Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Business or AZAHS - Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences] student must pass PHE2AHR. If enrolled in [HBHS (ME), HBHSB (BE) Bachelor of Health Sciences] student must have passed HLT2IEP and PHE2AHR.

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. 2nd EdRecommendedWebb, P, Bain, C & Pirozzo, S 2011CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Compare and interpret distributions and patterns of public health issues in human populations and identify solutions to public health problems.

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,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Synthesise publicly available data sources and key research papers.

Activities:
Tutorials 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,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,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 a funding application consistent with ethical standards

Activities:
Tutorials for preparing a funding application
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
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:
Tutorials 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,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDell Horey

Class requirements

WorkShop
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1.5-hour exam.35 01, 03, 05
Public health research proposal (equiv to 1,750 words).45 02, 04, 05
Workshop exercises (equiv to 600 words).20 01, 02, 04