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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Introduces the science of population health and disease. Students will study the principles, methods and application of epidemiology in the identification, control and prevention of disease in the community.

Unit content

  • General principles in epidemiology
  • Measuring health
  • Descriptive epidemiology
  • Association and causality
  • Analytic epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology and health policy
  • Screening and prevention of chronic disease
  • Communicable disease and epidemics
  • Determinants of health

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate competence in calculations associated with measurement in epidemiology
2 identify and explain appropriate methodologies in the attribution of association and causation
3 evaluate the environmental, social, and cultural determinants of health in the Australian context
4 source and present scientific literature related to common questions on population health and health policy
5 relate the natural history of disease to models for disease screening and prevention.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate competence in calculations associated with measurement in epidemiology
  2. identify and explain appropriate methodologies in the attribution of association and causation
  3. evaluate the environmental, social, and cultural determinants of health in the Australian context
  4. source and present scientific literature related to common questions on population health and health policy
  5. relate the natural history of disease to models for disease screening and prevention.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.