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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

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) assignment; (2) online quizzes; and (3) participation in online and in-class activities and discussion. 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 Jane Heyworth
Unit rules
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I (ID 707) PUBH4401 Biostatistics I (ID 698)
Contact hours
3 hours lecture/tutorial per week
Epidemiology II is taught every second year.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.