PUB HLTH 7075OL - Introduction to Epidemiology

Online - Semester 1 - 2015

The aim of this course is to give students a grounding in the basic concepts of epidemiology. Students will gain knowledge about: measuring and interpreting patterns of disease occurrence; routine sources of data, their strengths and limitations; study designs used in epidemiology and when to apply them; epidemiological models of causation; and will begin to critically appraise epidemiological literature with reference to issues of study design and interpretation of results.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 7075OL
    Course Introduction to Epidemiology
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible PUB HLTH 7074HO
    Course Description The aim of this course is to give students a grounding in the basic concepts of epidemiology. Students will gain knowledge about: measuring and interpreting patterns of disease occurrence; routine sources of data, their strengths and limitations; study designs used in epidemiology and when to apply them; epidemiological models of causation; and will begin to critically appraise epidemiological literature with reference to issues of study design and interpretation of results.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Peng Bi

    Phone: +61 8313 3583
    Email: peng.bi@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 8 Hughes Building
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Outline epidemiological measures of disease occurrence, calculate basic measures and describe patterns of disease occurrence;
    2 Correctly calculate and apply absolute and relative measures of risk;
    3 Demonstrate an understanding of routine sources of data used in descriptive epidemiology, and appreciate their strengths and limitations accordingly;
    4 Differentiate epidemiological study designs, recognise the most appropriate circumstances in which to use each design, and describe the measures of disease occurrence that can be generated using each design;
    5 Recognise potential threats to correctly interpreting results from epidemiological studies, and identify those most relevant to each study design;
    6 Distinguish the difference between association and causation, and appreciate relevant issues in inferring causation from observational designs;
    7 Demonstrated ability to review and critically appraise observational studies;
    8 Summarise the principles of screening and the conditions under which a screening program would be most appropriate and cost-effective.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 7, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 7, 8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4, 7, 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5, 7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The textbook for this course is: Gordis L.  Epidemiology.  4th edition. PA, USA: Elsevier Saunders, 2009. The reading material will be in theform of relevant chapters from a range of books, digital copies of literature (both recently published and seminal) and links to relevant websites.

    Course Handbook and Study Guides will be made available to students before Week 1 of the semester and will be available in electronic form on MyUni.

    Please note: There are many introductory epidemiology texts.  Reading a text other than the set text can be helpful especially if a topic seems unclear or difficult – a different explanation and different examples can be illuminating.  Recommended texts for this purpose are:

    Rothman K.  Epidemiology: an introduction.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

    Hennekens C, Buring J.  Epidemiology in Medicine.  Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1987.
     
    Webb P, Bain C. Essential Epidemiology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

    Many journals also specialise in epidemiological research.  The International Journal of Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Journal of  Epidemiology & Community 
     
    Supplementary reading material may also be placed on MyUni throughout the course, as required.
    Recommended Resources
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    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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