Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2012 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Summer semester A 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor M Abramson


Advanced understanding of epidemiology methods used to study chronic diseases. Overview of descriptive and analytical epidemiology of diseases of major public health importance in Australia. Particular methodological issues include assessing causality, bias, confounding, effect modification, exposure assessment, outcome assessment, prevention paradigms and whether epidemiology has reached its limits.


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

  1. Understand and discuss the principles underlying the epidemiological study of diseases;
  2. Appreciate and identify the methodological difficulties inherent in observational epidemiological studies of diseases;
  3. Be able to apply general epidemiological principles to specific diseases;
  4. Understand and use descriptive epidemiological measures to summarize the population impact of specific diseases; and
  5. Appreciate new methodological developments in epidemiology.


Two written assignments (50% each)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael Abramson

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week


MPH1040; MPH1041; ECX9720