Foundations of Epidemiology and and Introduction to Biostatistics
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- 24 Jul 2023
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On completion of this subject students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
1. Explain what epidemiology is, relate the historical evolution of epidemiology, and describe the concept of a population in epidemiology.
2. Explain a range of measures of occurrence and measures of association and interpret these associations to determine causality.
3. Define and describe descriptive versus inferential statistics and interpret simple descriptive and inferential statistics with reference to an epidemiological issue.
4. Describe and explain major types of study designs used in epidemiological research, identify potential sources of error (including bias, chance, and confounding) and provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each study type.
5. Describe how epidemiology and biostatistics may be applied to contemporary and real-world public health challenges, including emerging infectious diseases and environmental health issues.
- Epidemiological Studies
- Application of Epidemiology in Public health
- Environmental health
- Study Design
- Disease causation
- Critical Appraisal
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Other requirements - Class is online in the evening, 6pm - 9pm.
This subject introduces students to the terminology, key ideas and basic methods of epidemiology and the elementary concepts of biostatistics. It provides students with an appreciation of why epidemiology is fundamental to taking evidenced based action to improve the health of populations and how statistics can be applied to epidemiological problems. This subject equips students with an understanding of the principles of both epidemiology and statistics required to be an effective public health practitioner and provides a strong foundation for further study.
1. Individual Written Assignment 2. Individual Written Assignment 3. Individual Written Assignment
- Students will be required to: - respond to multiple choice and short answer questions related to the content presented in the first five weeks of the course. (30%)
- Critically appraise an epidemiological study. (30%)
- Develop an applied epidemiological research proposal to address a real-world, contemporary public health issue. (40%)
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