EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

PHE3EPI

2019

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
ReadingsEssential Epidemiology (3nd Ed).RecommendedWebb, Bain and PageCambridge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the role of epidemiology in the practice of public health.

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. Understand and apply the methods of descriptive and analytical epidemiology.

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. Understand the main strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs.

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. Critically appraise epidemiological papers from the public health literature.

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. Be able to apply epidemiological methods in a variety of situations.

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

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

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 2-hour exam (2,000-words equiv.)50 01, 03, 05
Assignment 1: Quiz (1,200-words equiv)Short and moderate length answer questions and calculations30 02, 04, 05
Assignment 2: Public health research proposal plan (600-words equiv.)20 01, 02, 04

Melbourne, 2019, 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 2-hour exam (2,000-words equiv.)50 01, 03, 05
Assignment 1: Quiz (1,200-words equiv)Short and moderate length answer questions and calculations30 02, 04, 05
Assignment 2: Public health research proposal plan (600-words equiv.)20 01, 02, 04