Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics

    • Epidemiological study designs
    • Multivariate statistical analysis
    • Screening as a preventative and diagnostic tool
    • Survival analysis and bias
    • Cardiovascular disease risk factors
    • Cancer risk factors
    • Metabolic risk factors
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

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

Elective
  • CUR-MPH-MAS-2018
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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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  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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Related Degrees

postgraduate CUR-MPH-MAS-2018

Master of Public Health

3 available majors
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  • Stream - Health Policy and Management
  • Stream - Health Promotion
  • Stream - Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics