PBH2001 - Foundations of epidemiology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine



Prof Dragan Ilic

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the applications of epidemiological concepts and methods to typical problems in population health and in the broader public health literature.

This will include consideration of fundamental ethical issues pertaining to the conduct of public health research and population health interventions.

Emphasis is placed on a population view of health and disease, social determinants of health, epidemiological principles, research study design and interpretation, and communication of evidence in practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Examine and explain how disease is measured in populations
  2. Assess the quality of evidence provided across epidemiological research designs
  3. Recognise and summarise issues of cultural context and ethical principles in epidemiological and health research
  4. Identify and apply core public health principles in health research
  5. Summarise and communicate evidence for professional audiences


  • Media report analysis (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Critical appraisal (2100 words) (35%)
  • Online quiz (MCQ) (30 minutes) (10%)
  • Examination (MCQ/SAQ) (2 hours) (35%)

Hurdle Requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials and participation in online tasks.

Workload requirements

1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

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