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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is only offered to fellows of the Victorian Public Health Training Scheme. In this subject, students are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of the principles, purposes, limitations and applications of different epidemiological study designs including qualitative and quantitative applications. Students will become familiar with Epi Data, Epi Info 6d and Stata 8 as database design and analysis tools. Students bring to the class datasets from their placements or are provided with datasets from previous epidemiological studies and are required to clean, analyse and interpret the data. In the context of discussing these exercises, students are encouraged to think through the implications of study purpose design, data collection and management analysis and interpretation, and the methods involved in the management of large and small and data sets and data analysis.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLeila Karimi

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following courses: HMHS Master of Health Sciences or HMPHC Master of Public Health.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA Dictionary of epidemiologyPrescribedLast, J M (ed) 2001OUP
ReadingsHandbook of public health methodsPrescribedKerr, C, Taylor, R, Heard, G (eds) 1998MCGRAW HILL
ReadingsCausal relationships in medicineRecommendedElwood, M J 1996OUP
ReadingsEpidemiologic researchRecommendedKleinbaum, D G, Kupper, L, Morgenstern, H 1994VAN NOSTRAND REINHOLD, NEW YORK
ReadingsField epidemiologyRecommendedGregg, M 20022ND EDN, OUP
ReadingsInvestigating disease patterns: the science of epidemiologyRecommendedStolley, P D and Lasky, T 1996SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARY, NEW YORK(CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Appraise diverse types of data deployed in health care decision-making.

Group assignment, Individual assignment II

02. Design research and data collection strategies to match decision-making requirements.

Group assignment, Individual assignment I, II

03. Critically evaluate research evidence to assess its usefulness for specific tasks.

Group assignment, Individual assignment I, II

04. Present data effectively to enable health care decision-making for diverse groups.

Individual assignment I, II

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