This unit (HMG7110) examines the epidemiological approaches that are used to understand the health of populations and to inform disease control measures, with a focus on global nutrition and active living. Students learn the principles and concepts of descriptive epidemiology used to study the distribution of disease in a population. They also develop skills in analytical epidemiology to investigate the determinants and effects of disease and other health conditions.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map the scope and purpose of epidemiology (particularly in the context of global nutrition and active living) and argue its potential and limitations,  
  2. Access, critique and apply health information from a variety of sources to inform evidence-based responses to public health problem solving scenarios;  
  3. Distinguish and evaluate different types of study design;  
  4. Identify problems in the interpretation and application of epidemiological data and propose solutions; and  
  5. Report and critique the findings of epidemiological studies in a format accessible to both technical and lay audiences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Quizzes throughout unit (3 x 30 minutes) 20%
Assignment Group written assignment (2000 words) 30%
Assignment Research study protocol (2000 words) 50%

Required reading

Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals 2nd ed.
Webb, P. (2011)
Cambridge University Press

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