Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)A/Prof Rory Wolfe


Confounding and effect modification, logistic regression, conditional logistic regression for matched case-control studies, linear regression, diagnostics to assess model fit, model estimation methods, Poisson regression for rates, Stata statistical software.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. learnt regression methods as applied to epidemiological data.
  2. gained an understanding of regression methods in terms of the epidemiological concepts of confounding and effect modification.
  3. the skills to apply regression methods to example datasets using statistical software on a laptop computer.
  4. gained an understanding and the skills to interpret regression methods in published articles on epidemiological research studies.


Two written assignments (50% each).

Workload requirements

2 x 2 block days.

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