PUBH5759 Epidemiology II

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit is designed to broaden and extend understanding of the methodological concepts underpinning the science of epidemiology. The purpose is to impart knowledge of more advanced epidemiology, especially regarding different study designs and sources of errors in epidemiological studies including a discussion of causality. Students engage in (1) reviewing methods for assessing and addressing the key methodological challenges in epidemiology through in-depth discussion of key research papers; and (2) critically evaluating the evolution of epidemiology as a discipline and gaining a greater depth of knowledge regarding epidemiologic methods.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe and critique the historical and ongoing development of epidemiology as a discipline; (2) illustrate a deep understanding of the characteristics, interrelationships and fitness for purpose of different epidemiologic measures and effects measures; (3) discuss the rationale for and appraise the strengths and limitations of advanced epidemiological study designs; (4) discuss models of causality in relation to both the design or analysis of an epidemiologic study; (5) evaluate exposure measurement methods with regard to measurement error, reliability and validity; (6) assess the impact of bias and evaluate ways to minimise bias; (7) describe methods to estimate the direction and magnitude of confounding; (8) evaluate effect modification in epidemiological research; and (9) critique the current issues in epidemiology as well as the role of epidemiology in public health practice.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an assignment; (2) group research proposal; and (3) participation in online and in-class activities and discussion. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jane Heyworth
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I
and
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
Contact hours
1 week full-time, plus pre-intensive week online activities
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