Epidemiology A - Basic Methods

10 Units

Introduces students to the basic concepts of epidemiology. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations and the application of this knowledge to the evaluation and control of health problems in the community.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. to understand how epidemiologists judge cause and effect, and the potential biases that can affect this process. To understand the difference between confounders and effect modifiers
  2. to understand the measures used to describe the health of populations and the pitfalls associated with these. Includes prevalence, incidence, crude and specific rates, ratios, odds, and direct and indirect standardisation.
  3. to understand the design of case-control, cohort and randomised controlled studies and their analyses, including relative risks, odds ratios, attributable risk, number needed to treat, aetiologic fraction, population attributable risk and population attributable risk percent.
  4. to become familiar with different frameworks for critical appraisal of an article.
  5. to understand the steps in investigating an epidemic, including attack rates.

Learning modules covered in this course include: Module 1: Causation and bias Module 2: Health indicators Module 3: Study Designs Module 4: Critical Appraisal Module 5: Epidemic investigation

Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)
  • In Term Test: Take home examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Contact hours are an indication only.

Course Materials
  • Epidemiology
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EPID6420
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