Epidemiology and Biostatistics - 2016

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Unit summary

MPH406

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

Epidemiological research, association and causation, rates and ratios, standardisation, bias, confounding and sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic and screening tests. Principles and evaluation of clinical trials, cohort and case control studies. Multivariable analyses: simple and multiple linear regression, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and logistic regression. Use of (STATA) statistical software.

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

  1. apply epidemiological principles to their specific area of study within public health
  2. recognise and analyse appropriate epidemiological procedures according to study type
  3. critique and review epidemiological literature
  4. identify and interpret public health problems/issues to which epidemiological principals can be applied
  5. assess and apply multivariable statistical tests using STATA to relevant data sets
  6. analyse and use computer software packages (STATA) to analyse epidemiological data.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
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This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Epidemiological research, rates and ratios, standardisation, bias, confounding and sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic and screening tests
2Association and causation
3Principles and evaluation of clinical trials, cohort and case control studies
4Multivariable analyses: simple and multiple linear regression, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA)
5Use of (SPSS) statistical software

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