PUBH4403 Epidemiology I

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Population Health [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
  • Honours option in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit covers the principles and methods of epidemiological research. It introduces the principles of epidemiology as well as higher-level coverage of the major study designs (intervention, cohort and case-control studies); the causes and control of bias, confounding, and effect modification; screening; outbreak investigation; and causation of disease. In addition, it provides an introduction to the newer study designs (e.g. case-crossover). Emphasis is placed on the critical appraisal of published articles in order to enable the student to take an evidence-based approach to health policy and practice.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe and contrast the characteristics of the key epidemiologic study designs; (2) explain the relative strengths and limitations of the various study designs; (3) interpret and calculate measures of disease frequency; (4) interpret and calculate measures of association; (5) identify and describe bias, chance, effect modification and confounding in epidemiological research and methods to reduce or manage these issues; (6) differentiate between association and causation in disease models; (7) evaluate the strength and nature of possible causal relationships; and (8) evaluate the appropriateness of screening programs.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) mid-semester online quiz; (2) an assignment (consists of written short-answer questions and calculations); and (3) a final 2-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Tom Briffa
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)
Unit Outline
http://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PUBH4403/SEM-1/2018
Text

Rothman K. J. Epidemiology: an Introduction, 2nd edn: OUP 2012

or

Gordis L. Epidemiology, 5th edn: WB Saunders 2014

 

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