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.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Basic epidemiology.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBeaglehole, R, Bonita, R, Kjellstrom, T


Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherWHO, GENEVA.


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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Essential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorWebb, P & Bain, C & Page, A


Edition/Volume3RD EDN



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Discuss the contribution of epidemiology to science and its emergence as a research discipline.
02. Describe, apply and interpret basic epidemiological measures of frequency and association.
03. Explain the uses, advantages/disadvantages and ethical aspects of different study designs.
04. Identify and assess the implications of chance, bias, confounding in epidemiological research.
05. Apply knowledge of epidemiological concepts when critically reviewing scientific literature.
06. Explain the role of epidemiology in various public health activities such as outbreak investigations, surveillance, prevention and screening.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 0 - 0
One 2.00 hours lecture per week from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Online equivalent of two hours of lectures per week.

TutorialWeek: 0 - 0
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Online equivalent of a one-hour tutorial per week.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 1,000-word self-directed learning task.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO5, SILO6
One 2-hour online exam (equiv to 2000 words).N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Participation in ten online skills workshop exercises (equiv to 1,000 words).N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6