Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Major/Minor/Specialisation !244-CW-SPC+1001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010


Professor Dallas English


Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic (MEGA) Epidemiology
Tel: +61 3 8344 0671
Email: epi-info@unimelb.edu.au


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824
Email: sph-gradinfo@unimelb.edu.au

Overview: This specialisation focuses on the core epidemiologic and analytic knowledge and skills that underpin health research and applied epidemiology. Students who specialise in Epidemiology and Biostatistics develop a broad understanding of the value and basic principles of epidemiological methods in public health, evidence-based practice and medical research, including its biostatistical underpinnings. Students develop skills in; study design and appraisal, data management and statistical analyses for handling a variety of practical problems; and the technical skills to practice in applied epidemiology in the public health setting and/or progress to further postgraduate studies in epidemiology and/or biostatistics. Students also have the opportunity to augment basic epidemiology skills with specialist knowledge and techniques in key areas - genetic, molecular and infectious disease epidemiology. Students use the research project as an opportunity to gain further applied experience in epidemiologic and analytic methods, develop higher level skills in specific methods, build networks with practitioners in their area of interest, and to apply their knowledge and skills to a particular research area, disease group, and/or population of interest.

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Structure & Available Subjects: 200 Point Program: 14 subjects and a research project
175 Point Program: 12 subjects and a research project
150 Point Program: 10 subjects and a research project

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Two Core Consortium Subjects

Students intending to specialise in Epidemiology and Biostatistics should take the subjects below in place of 505-101 and 505-102 to ensure they have the computer skills to articulate with advanced elective subjects in this stream.
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Other Consortium Subjects

A minimum of 2 of the following Consortium subjects
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Semester 2

Strongly Recommended

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Recommended Electives

A minimum of three subjects from the following list:
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Research Report

The research project is compulsory and allows students to consolidate their MPH studies in a particular discipline(s). Some research projects have pre-requisites and/or recommended subjects to help guide course planning. The Research Project is offered in two consecutive semesters i.e. Semester 1 and 2 or 2 and 1. All students should consult with the MPH coordinator early in their enrolment to identify possible research project topics and supervisors.
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Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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