PBH3009 - Chronic disease epidemiology and control - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Danijela Gasevic


Dr Danijela Gasevic

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


PBH2001 OR BMS1042 OR PBH3002


This unit will extend on foundation knowledge in epidemiology and disease prevention. It will focus on the burden of chronic disease, examining both the Australian context and global perspectives.

Students will apply techniques for measuring the burden of disease, examine risk factors for chronic disease and explore the impact of the determinants of health on chronic disease. Evidence-based approaches to disease prevention and control will be presented.


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

  1. Describe the epidemiology and burden of chronic disease
  2. Evaluate methods used to measure the impact of chronic disease
  3. Appraise risk pathways associated with important chronic diseases
  4. Examine the impact of determinants of health in chronic disease
  5. Evaluate strategies for the public health control of chronic diseases


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Online quizzes (10%)
  • Group project (15%)
  • Written report (2,100 words) (35%)
  • Examination (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • 80% attendance at tutorials and participation in online tasks.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week contact hours (including 1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial and 3 hours online activities) plus 6 hours per week private study.

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