Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 30 hours. Week 8: 2 days of 6 hours, week 10: 2 days of 6 hours, week 12 1 day of 6 hours |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
|Prerequisites:|| - |
Study Period Commencement:
Not offered in 2011
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||Students are expected to be familiar with the statistical package Stata|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. |
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CoordinatorProf Dallas English
Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic (MEGA) Epidemiology
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 0671
Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824
|Subject Overview:||This subject is a core subject within the Master of Epidemiology and the Master of Science (Epidemiology) and an elective within the Master of Public Health. |
In this subject a comprehensive examination of the main epidemiological study designs is undertaken. Methodological issues in study design will be illustrated using practical examples and critical appraisal. The following designs will be covered: trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional studies and ecological studies. For these types of studies, issues relevant to designing new studies and appraising reported studies will be explored: choice of design, selection of participants, measurement of exposure and outcome, effect modification, overview of analytical techniques and power calculations. Causal diagrams as a unifying means for identifying confounding and selection bias and interpreting associations will also be covered.
|Objectives:||At the completion of this subject students should be able to: |
One 1000 word assignment due on the third contact day (20%); one ten minute group presentation on the fifth contact day (10%); a 2000 word assignment due in the examination period (40%); a 1.5 hour examination (administered by the School) to be held during the examination period (30%).
Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL. Modern Epidemiology. (3rd edition) Lippincott-Raven: Philadelphia 2008
Kelsey JL, Whittemore AS, Evans AS, Thompson WD. Methods in observational epidemiology. (2nd edition) Oxford: New York 1996
Elwood M. Critical appraisal of epidemiological studies and clinical trials. (3rd edition) Oxford, Oxford 2007
Kirkwood BR, Sterne JAC. Essential medical statistics. (2nd edition) Blackwell Science: Melbourne 2003
Webb P, Bain C, Pirozzo S. Essential epidemiology. Cambridge: Melbourne 2005
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:||At the completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in : |
|Links to further information:||http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au|
Master of Epidemiology |
Master of Public Health
Master of Science (Epidemiology)
Epidemiology and Biostatistics |
Gender && Women's Health
Health Economics && Economic Evaluation
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