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Unit Overview

Description
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; and causation of disease. In addition, it provides an introduction to the newer study designs (e.g. n=1 and pragmatic trials). 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.
Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) illustrate the characteristics of the key epidemiologic study designs; (2) explain the relative strengths and limitations of the various study designs; (3) calculate measures of disease frequency and measures of association; (4) interpret measures of disease frequency and measures of association; (5) explain bias, chance, effect modification and confounding in epidemiological research; (6) discuss methods to reduce or manage bias, chance, effect modification and confounding in epidemiological research; (7) differentiate between association and causation in disease models; and (8) evaluate the grade, strength and nature of possible causal relationships.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tom Briffa
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
lectures: 60-70 minutes recorded lectures per week; online tutorial worksheets: ~ 2-3 hours per week
Note
NOTE CAREFULLY. This unit is shared across a number of different courses, and is available face-to-face and online in Semester 1, and online only in Semester 2. Please take care when enrolling to choose both the correct mode and the correct location. Things will work more smoothly if you are co-located with your exam paper.
Text

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

or

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

 

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