PUBH5759 Epidemiology II

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
Students are able to (1) describe the historical and ongoing development of epidemiology as a discipline; (2) critique different epidemiologic measures and effects measures; (3) appraise the strengths and limitations of complex epidemiological study designs; (4) explain models of causality in relation to both the design or analysis of an epidemiologic study; (5) evaluate the impact of bias and the methods to minimise bias; (6) explain methods to estimate the direction and magnitude of confounding; (7) explain effect modification in epidemiological research; and (8) critique the current issues in epidemiology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an assignment; (2) online quizzes; 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
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I and PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
Contact hours
3 hours lecture/tutorial per week
Epidemiology II is taught every second year.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.