PUB HLTH 3010 - Practical Epidemiology in Health Sciences
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 3010 Course Practical Epidemiology in Health Sciences Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PUB HLTH 2007 or MEDIC ST 1000B Incompatible PUB HLTH 3501 Course Description This course focuses on the implementation and interpretation of epidemiological concepts and measures, and the essential role of epidemiology in (i) understanding the health of populations and (ii) evaluating public health initiatives. To achieve that, students will deepen their knowledge of the biostatistical concepts that underpin epidemiological analyses. The course will also extend students' practical skills and ability to locate, access, manipulate, analyse, and present data through hands-on use of statistical software. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of epidemiological reasoning and interpretation of findings. At the end of this course students will be able to apply quantitative approaches to address population health challenges, interpret epidemiological information contained in scientific literature, communicate these interpretations to both lay and professional audiences, and think critically about the strengths and limitations of different approaches.
Course Coordinator: Professor Lyle PalmerCourse Coordinator: Professor Lyle Palmer
Phone: +61 8313 2158
Location: Level 9, AHMS Building, North Terrace
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Timetable details are located on MyUni.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand the role of different epidemiological approaches in enabling and evaluating public health policy and practice 2 Identify key issues in the interpretation of study findings 3 Explore and describe relationships between variables 4 Conduct analyses using statistical software 5 Interpret results from statistical analyses and present findings in an appropriate manner 6 Critically appraise published scientific literature
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 5, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
N/A Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni. Outside of workshop sessions, students will need to access Stata statistical software via on-campus computing suites or remotely via the ADAPT software facility.
Online LearningThe primary means of communication outside of formal contact hours will be via MyUni. Announcements and discussion boards will be the main method of communicating with the student cohort. Course material will be supported by online resources, with recordings via MyUni. Material will be sequentially released in line with the teaching and learning activities in each week.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeminars supported by problem-solving workshops developing material covered in seminars.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Teaching in Practical Epidemiology in Health Sciences begins with the assumption that students are active participants in the learning process. We assume that you are willing and able to prepare fully for classes, to participate in discussions and workshops, and to carry out your tasks.
As a general rule, in any university course you will need to allow a three to four study hours for every hour undertaken in formal class work contact. This means that you will have to set aside at least a further nine to twelve hours per week for reading around topics, preparation for class activities, and work on assignments. There will be 3 contact hours each week for 12 teaching weeks.
Learning Activities Summary
Confounding, selection and
measurement error – multivariable analyses
Bias as it affects:
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Practical preparation and participation Formative - 1-6 Practical preparation and participation Summative 10% 1-6 Assignment 1 Summative 20% 1-2 Assignment 2 Summative 35% 3-6 Exam Summative 35% 1-6
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailWorkshop/practical participation (10%): students engage in interaction in class activities and the cooperative sharing of materials and information.
Assignment 1 (20%): Short answer assignment in which students will justify and critique epidemiological approaches.
Assignment 2 (35%): Short answer assignment in which students will conduct and present analyses of supplied data sets, interpret results, and critique findings.
Exam (35%): a 2-hour exam to be held at the end of semester.
SubmissionExtensions: All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of
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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
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