EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODS

DTN4EPI

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology and epidemiological study designs and research concepts. These will be of direct relevance to the role of food and nutrition in the prevention, causation and management of disease. Nutrition measurement techniques for the assessment of diet and body composition of individuals and populations will be covered in depth. This subject covers sources of data on mortality and morbidity, measures of disease prevalence, incidence and risk, chance, bias and confounding variables of relevance to nutritional epidemiology. Standard parametric and non-parametric statistical techniques will be reviewed and students will have the opportunity to use statistical software programs to analyse a population dataset.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: HZHSDP, HZNDP, HBHN and must pass DTN2PNU and 120 credit points at year level 1 OR must be admitted in one of the following courses: HMDP, HBHNHK and no other rule applies. All other students require subject coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects DTN404, DTN3EPO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionalsPrescribedWebb, P. Bain, C. & Pirozzo, S. 2017, 3rd edition2ND EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, UK, CAMBRIDGE
ReadingsIntroduction to Research in the Health SciencesPrescribedPolgar S, Thomas SA (2014)Elsevier
ReadingsSPSS: analysis without anguish, version 20.0 for WindowsRecommendedCoakes SJ 2012,Wiley
ReadingsSPSS Survival ManualPrescribedJulie Pallant 2016 6th editionAllen and Unwin
ReadingsIntroduction to Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants of Disease (Public Health Basics)RecommendedMacera C.A., Shaffer, R, Shaffer, P.M. 2013, 1st edition.Cengage Learning

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Review epidemiological research and relate principles of epidemiology and concepts of measurement to the role of food and nutrition in the prevention, causation and management of disease

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

02. Critically review a range of different designs in nutritional epidemiology

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

03. Design an epidemiological nutrition study in practice

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

04. Critically reflect on the role of food and nutrition in preventing and causing disease

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

05. Apply technical skills to accurately assess dietary intake

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

06. Critically analyse and interpret a small population dataset using biostatistics

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

07. Evaluate the role of ethics in nutrition research and the ethics code of conduct as set out by the NHMRC

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 41
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This workshop will take place in computer labs."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 41
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 31 - 41
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research poster (1500-word equiv)Statistical programme used for data analysis.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 30-minute multiple choice quiz (500 words equiv)10 01, 04
One 1,000 word critical analysis assignment25 01, 02, 04, 07
One 1 hour test (1,000 word equiv)Short answer questions25 01, 02, 03, 04, 07