Clinical Epidemiology

10 Units

Applies the principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in a very practical manner to improve clinical decision making. The course also provides an opportunity to develop research skills which are essential for investigating important clinical and population based health problems.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Access evidence based information to inform clinical practice;
  2. Understand the properties and evaluation of health outcomes at an individual and population level;
  3. Understand the relationship between the natural history of disease and prognosis and the factors that influence the natural history of disease;
  4. Apply concepts relating to the principles and practice of screening for early diagnosis of disease;
  5. Apply concepts relating to the selection and interpretation of diagnostic tests;
  6. Express evidence in terms of risk in ways useful to both clinicians and patients;
  7. Apply the concepts of health social science to clinical practice and research;
  8. Analyse variations in clinical practice and understand ways to reduce variations in clinical practice to improve health outcomes, including the use of clinical guidelines;
  9. Identify and address relevant ethical issues when undertaking clinical research.

The course content includes the following learning modules:
Module 1. Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine
Module 2. Measurements of Health Outcomes
Module 3. Natural History
Module 4. Screening
Module 5. Diagnostic Tests
Module 6. Applying Measures of Effect to your Patient
Module 7. Health Social Science and Qualitative Measures
Module 8. Variations in Clinical Practice and Clinical Guidelines
Module 9. Ethical and legal Issues in Human Experimentation

Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Contact hours are an indication only.)
Course Materials
  • No Materials
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EPID6410

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