Epidemiology in Practice

Subject POPH90147 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours: 5 contact days over semester weeks 5 to 9.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours. Students will be expected to undertake additional study averaging 90 hours in total through to end of assessment
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Semester 1
Semester 1
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Corequisites: -
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students are expected to be familiar with 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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Prof Shyamali Dharmage


Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic (MEGA) Epidemiology
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 0737
Email: s.dharmage@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

Subject Overview:

This subject will build on the principles and methods covered in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Study Design in Epidemiology, focussing on the application of epidemiological methods in a range of clinical and population-based settings. Subject content includes methods in establishing accurate and reliable measures both in clinical and public health practice as well as in research, developing and running epidemiological studies, synthesising the available evidence through systematic reviews and meta analysis. Analytical methods are taught in applied epidemiologic contexts using the Stata statistical software package.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students are expected to be able to:
  • Appraise the relevant study designs and interpret estimates that can be used to establish the usefulness of different measures
  • Critically appraise research evaluating accuracy of measurements used in both practice and research
  • Critically appraise and conduct systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Write research protocols and research manuscripts.
Assessment: An assignment of 1000 words due on the 3rd contact day (20%); a 10 minute group oral presentation (2-3 students) on the 4th contact day (10%); a 20 minute group oral presentation (5-6 students) on 5th contact day (10%); an assignment of 3000 words due 3 to 4 weeks after the intensive delivery period 60%
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:


Special computer skills required: Students are expected to have experience using the Stata statistical package for multivariate statistical methods.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:
• Oral communication
• Critical thinking and analysis
• Initiative, autonomy and organization
• Using computers
• Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
• Working with others and in teams
Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Epidemiology
Master of Health Social Sciences
Master of Public Health
Master of Science (Epidemiology)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Global Health
Public Health

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