PUBH103 - Epidemiology
Prerequisites: PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning
This unit is designed to equip students with more advanced epidemiological skills that build on content from “Foundations of Public Health”. Students will understand the epidemiological approach to the study of disease and health events and the role of epidemiology in public health. Government investments in epidemiological surveillance systems will feature in this unit including an analysis of their use and contribution to better health. Causal thinking, introduced in “Foundations of Public Health” will be expanded and presented in the context of public health issues. Students will acquire greater understanding of the hierarchy of evidence and research designs in an applied way. By focussing on contemporary examples, students will learn about policy-oriented research commissioning and models of research transfer to improve the impact and productivity of public health action. Students will also learn about the epidemiology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues, and the need for community-led responses to address these. The aim of this unit is to enable students to conduct epidemiological research independently and to critically appraise methodological aspects of existing research.