Health Indicators and Health Surveys

10 Units

Students are introduced to a variety of sources of routinely collected health-related data and learn how these data are used to derive population measures of fertility, mortality and morbidity, and to measure health service utilisation, disease registration and reporting. This course is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Distance Education - Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Derive and compare population measures of mortality, illness, fertility and survival, using basic demographic tools such as life tables and age standardisation
  2. Access the main sources of routinely collected health data and choose the appropriate one, taking into account their advantages and disadvantages
  3. Design a valid and reliable health survey to collect primary data, design an efficient sampling strategy to obtain a random sample of the target population, and choose the most appropriate mode of delivery
  4. Analyse, interpret and present the results of survey data, taking the sampling strategy into account.

Students learn to use quantitative demographic methods of direct and indirect age standardisation, and calculation of life expectancy by life table techniques to obtain valid comparisons between different population groups, and to examine health differentials.

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics or Master of Medical Statistics programs.
Assumed Knowledge Mathematical Background for Biostatistics (BIOS6040) Co-requisite may be taken concurrently.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments
Contact Hours
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Suggest 8-12 hours time commitment per week (guide only).)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for BIOS6080

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