This course explores the science of epidemiology which is about understanding the distribution, patterns and determinants of health and wellbeing, and disease in populations. Knowledge gained from epidemiology is used to inform research, policy and practice decisions to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of the population. You will develop your knowledge about epidemiological concepts and study designs and apply epidemiology skills to current and emerging public health priorities.
|Online – 3 hours of structured asynchronous online learning activities and an optional 1-hour online Zoom drop-in session||4hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Introduction to epidemiological concepts
Measuring and interpreting disease occurrence
Epidemiological study designs, bias, confounding and concepts of causation
Interpreting epidemiological literature
Prevention and Early Detection
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * International Union for Health Promotion and Education|
|1||Calculate and interpret epidemiologic measures of occurrence and association used to assess public health impact||Empowered||
|2||Identify and critique epidemiological study designs||Creative and critical thinker||
B.3, B.8, 6.4, 9.1
|3||Identify the range of ethical considerations in epidemiological research||Empowered||
B.3, 6.3, 6.4, 9.4
|4||Appraise different types of evidence to inform health policy decision making||Creative and critical thinker||
|International Union for Health Promotion and Education|
|B.3||The determinants of health and their implications for health promotion action|
|B.8||The evidence base and research methods, including qualitative and quantitative methods, required to inform and evaluate health promotion action|
|4.1||Use effective communication skills including written, verbal, nonverbal, and listening skills|
|4.2||Use information technology and other media to receive and disseminate health promotion information|
|6.3||Collect, review and appraise relevant data, information and literature to inform health promotion action|
|6.4||Identify the determinants of health which impact on health promotion action|
|9.1||Identify and use appropriate health promotion evaluation tools and research methods|
|9.4||Use research and evidence-based strategies to inform practice|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Ongoing support and feedback on project progress will be provided in workshops You will also be able to check your progress each week with self-check quizzes embedded into learning materials (not assessed).
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Artefact - Technical and Scientific||Individual||20%||
Students will have two weeks to complete the Task.
|Week 6||Online Submission|
|All||2||Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece||Individual||40%||
Maximum 1,500 words response.
|Week 10||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece||Individual||40%||
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Multiple choice and short answer|
To apply your skills in epidemiology to deconstruct papers and extracts, assess epidemiological research designs, as well as identify the foundational concepts relevant to epidemiological approaches.
|Product:||Artefact - Technical and Scientific|
10 Multiple choice and 5 short answers due week 6. More details will be provided in Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Article critique|
To apply your skills in epidemiology to critique an epidemiological study published in the peer-reviewed literature.
|Product:||Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece|
Critical assessment, using the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course, of a randomly allocated published peer-reviewed article. More details will be available on Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Policy Brief|
To demonstrate your professional skills in advocating for an evidence-based public health approach.
|Product:||Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece|
In this task, you will develop a written professional policy brief demonstrating your understanding of epidemiological concepts and evidence to ensure a policy is based on the best available evidence. More details will be provided in Canvas.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Penelope Webb, Chris Bain, Andrew Page||2019||Essential Epidemiology - Introduction for Students and Health Professionals||Edition 2 or 3 or 4||n/a|
You need access to a basic calculator.
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