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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor F Cicuttini


An introduction to descriptive and analytical epidemiology, demography, case-control studies, cohort studies, clinical trials, risk and causation, bias, confounding, health program evaluation and measurement theory.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the purposes of descriptive and analytical epidemiology;
  2. explain the strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs;
  3. critically appraise epidemiological papers from the epidemiological literature;
  4. solve problems relating to the use of the principal epidemiological concepts, parameters and study designs;
  5. explain the uses of epidemiology in the practice of public health.


Written Assignments 25%
Examination 75%.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Flavia Cicuttini

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week at Melbourne University

Off-campus attendance requirements

2 contact hours per week at Melbourne University.



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