Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
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)

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week



This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Public Health