6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
- First semester 2017 (Day)
- First semester 2017 (Off-campus)
Epidemiology and control of chronic diseases. Overview of important chronic diseases in Australia in 2011, and strategies for their prevention and control.
Measurement of disease and burden of disease; concept of risk factors and risk factors for important chronic diseases; the effect of social and economic factors on the epidemiology of chronic diseases; impact of chronic diseases on society and the economy; smoking, nutrition and physical activity as risk factors for important chronic diseases; cardiovascular diseases and their prevention; oral diseases and their prevention; injuries and their prevention; respiratory diseases and their prevention; cancers and their prevention; screening as a public health tool; health promotion as a public health tool; use of evidence in public health programmes to prevent chronic diseases.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe the epidemiology and burden of chronic diseases in Australia
- Evaluate methods to measure the health impact of chronic diseases
- Assess risk factors and causal pathways leading to important chronic diseases.
- Examine the influence of social and economic factors on chronic diseases
- Analyse strategies for the public health control of chronic diseases.
- Evaluate the role of public health evidence in the control of chronic diseases.
- 9 x learning reports (200 words each) that comprises responses to questions and participation in discussion forum (35%)
- Poster discussing the public health importance of a chronic disease or risk factor (25%)
- Essay on public health measures to control a chronic disease or risk factor (2,500 words) (40%) (hurdle)
15 contact hours over 2 days.
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