MPH5237 - Clinical measurement - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carol Hodgson


Dr Carol Hodgson

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2018 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


MPH5040 and MPH5041.


Aimed at students with clinical experience, this unit presents an overview of clinical outcome measurement in research, with a focus on quantitative measurement. The areas covered include selecting, reducing and scaling items, questionnaire design, assessing reliability and validity, responsiveness of measures to clinically important change, quality of life measures and statistical concepts in the testing and reporting of clinical measurement tools.


Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Identify the principles and underlying theories that influence the development of measurement tools
  2. Critically review the literature describing the properties of clinical and epidemiological measurement tools
  3. Locate and choose studies that demonstrate alignment of measurement instruments to measurement properties relevant to specific areas of research and patient care
  4. Critically evaluate the application of measurement instruments for quantitative and qualitative outcomes to inform clinical practice and research directions
  5. Generate a portfolio of measurement instruments appropriate to their own research studies and future research projects
  6. Communicate on measurement instrument selections relevant to research studies in a variety of formats


  • Presentation (5%) (hurdle)
  • 11 x Critical reflections (160 words each) (35% total)
  • Mid-Semester test (45 minutes) (10%)
  • Measurement tool report (3,000 words) (50%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days for block days, and 3-4 hours of reading and online work each week.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

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