Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Ackland and Assoc Prof Alistair Nichol


An overview of measures and issues in clinical research; sampling and inference; selecting items, reducing items and creating aggregate scores; inter-rater and intra-rater reliability; reliability and interval consistency of responses; assessing the validity of measures; responsiveness of measures to significant clinical change; strategies for gathering data; wording of questions and design of response categories; data entry and management and handling of missing data.


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

  1. apply measurement principles and methods in the critical assessment;
  2. develop measures employed in clinical and epidemiological research.


Written/online weekly assessment tasks 50%
Final assignment 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

15 Contact hours over 2 days

Off-campus attendance requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days


Both MPH5040 and MPH5041

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