Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as Foundations of Epidemiology.

Explain the epidemiology of common chronic diseases; discuss the epidemiology of chronic diseases across different countries, races and life course; apply epidemiological principles and methods to the study of chronic diseases; understand how different sources of bias and confounders can affect the results of epidemiological studies; critically appraise epidemiological evidence.

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

  1. explain the epidemiology of common chronic diseases
  2. discuss the causes, life course approach and analyse the risk factors for common chronic diseases
  3. apply epidemiological principles and methods to the study of chronic diseases
  4. explain how different sources of bias and misclassification can affect the results of epidemiological studies
  5. critically appraise epidemiological evidence.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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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.

1Epidemiological study designs
2Multivariate statistical analysis
3Screening as a preventative and diagnostic tool
4Survival analysis and bias
5Cardiovascular disease risk factors
6Cancer risk factors
7Metabolic risk factors

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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