The disciplines of Epidemiology and Biostatistics provide the foundation for designing studies to better understand the distribution of exposures and outcomes among specific population groups. In this subject, students are introduced to the basic principles, concepts of descriptive epidemiology and related biostatistics and how to use software to perform analytical research. Students will learn and practice how observational data is collected and analysed using statistical methods and communicated to a variety of audiences. These skills will enable students to evaluate existing epidemiological studies, and undertake basic epidemiological analysis using biostatistical approaches.

Unit details

Location:
Victoria University Online
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HPO6001

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the relationship between epidemiology and biostatistics;  
  2. Frame epidemiological questions;  
  3. Evaluate the statistical methods used to analyse a range of epidemiological studies;  
  4. Monitor and evaluate population health data or indicators amongst diverse settings and populations; and  
  5. Perform basic descriptive statistical analyses using analytic software.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Other Contribute to a discussion board on using biostatistics to understand epidemiological challenges (500 words) 10%
Research Paper Analytic paper using peer-reviewed published articles on a topic of own choice (2500 words) 50%
Case Study Statistical analysis and evaluation of an epidemiologic case study (2000 words). 40%

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