PUBH621 - Epidemiology

10 cp
Prerequisites Nil
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning.

Epidemiology, the study of causes and distribution of disease within populations, is an area of practice that relates and supports public health action. This unit provides students with comprehensive knowledge of epidemiology and its importance and relevance to public health research and practice. Students will build their understanding of fundamental epidemiological concepts and methods, including study designs, measures of frequency and association, bias/confounding, as well as data collection and management for public health monitoring and surveillance. Students will then apply these principles, skills and methods to key practice areas, namely: screening and diagnostic test evaluation; critical appraisal of epidemiological research articles and systematic reviews; social/behavioural epidemiology and chronic disease. Throughout the unit, equal emphasis will be placed on patterns of disease distribution in domestic and international contexts.