OHSE Epidemiology - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Assessment: Case Study - 1500-2000 words (50%) , Non-Invigilated Exam - Multiple choice questions (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,895.00
International 3,145.00

Please note: This is expected to be the last time this unit is offered as proposed new units are currently being considered.

This advanced unit introduces students to occupational health, safety and environmental (OHSE) epidemiology. The unit has a preparatory component where basic statistical and epidemiological concepts and measures, epidemiological study designs and their application in a variety of OHSE contexts are introduced. This is followed by a more in depth analysis of the OHSE literature using reviews of epidemiological papers and analysis of epidemiological case studies to explore unit issues and themes.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the basic concepts of statistical analysis
  2. understand the basic concepts of epidemiology
  3. undeerstand the basic concepts of epidemiological study design
  4. understand the concepts and language of safety, health and environmental epidemiology sufficient to be able to communicate effectively with epidemiologists and colleagues in safety, health and environment.
  5. apply such concepts to critical appraisal of occupational and environmental epidemiological literature
  6. apply such concepts to analysing and interpreting case studies and epidemiological literature of some important issues of occupational health, safety and environment
  7. apply such concepts in the context within which they work
  • Case Study — 1500-2000 words (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Multiple choice questions (25%)
  • Review — 1000 words (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • OHS622 — OHSE Epidemiology

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Basics of statistical analysis
3Basics of epidemiology
4Epidemiological study types and design aspects
5Critical appraisal of epidemiological studies
6Occupational epidemiology
7Environmental epidemiology
8Case study 1: arsenic in drinking water
9Case study 2: organophosphate poisoning
10Case study 3: asbestos and mesothelioma
11Case study 4: legionnaires disease
12Case study 5: herbicides and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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