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 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sylvia Pomeroy and Professor Michael Abramson


The unit will cover applications of epidemiological techniques to clinical research including discussions of evidence, therapy, causation, variation and agreement, the normal range, diagnostic test selection, validation and interpretation, natural history and prognosis, bias, generalisability, systematic reviews and clinical guidelines.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. critically appraise evidence relating to the causation, diagnosis, natural history, treatment and prognosis of disease.


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

Workload requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days.

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Chief examiner(s)

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