Clinical Epidemiology

Subject POPH90243 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

April, 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

Subject Dates: 4th, 11th April, 2nd, 9th May, 2014

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

POPH90146 Study Design in Epidemiology

POPH90147 Epidemiology in Practice

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Shyamali Dharmage



Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population and Global 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 and Master of Environment.

This subject covers intervention studies including randomised controlled trials and cluster trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of trials and the validity and reliability of diagnostic and screening tests. It also covers formulating research questions, determining what type of trial is appropriate, designing trials and critically appraising trials. Practical aspects include development of a research protocol, including ethical aspects and study management.

This subject complements Observational Epidemiology, which focuses on the observational designs used in clinical and public health research.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Design randomised controlled and cluster trials used in clinical and public health research
  2. Write research protocols including sample size calculations for randomised controlled and cluster trials
  3. Critically appraise reports of trials, including performing systematic reviews
  4. Perform and interpret meta-analyses of trials
  5. Design studies to investigate the validity and reliability of diagnostic and screening tests and analyse data to assess the validity and reliability of the tests.
  6. Discuss the ethical implications of experimental designs in clinical and public health research


One 1,500 word written assignment (30%) due in week 8 of semester

One 20-minute group oral presentation (10%) held during the last day of teaching

One 3,000 word written assignment (60%) due during the first week of the University's end of semester examination period.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Epidemiology
Master of Public Health
Master of Science (Epidemiology)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Gender and Women's Health
Public Health
Sexual Health

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