This unit builds on Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 to extend on students' understanding, application and interpretation of fundamental epidemiologic and biostatistical concepts. Students will develop the capability to identify, differentiate, select and apply biostatistical concepts as appropriate and interpret the output of biostatistical tests. This capability will enable students to critically analyse epidemiological studies and identify the strengths and limitations of epidemiological approaches This unit explores study designs, including cross-sectional studies, and nested studies, and natural experiments to analyse and describe causality using observational data. Students will describe the determinants and causes of significant population health problems. Students will also learn to identify and differentiate sources of bias and approaches to reducing bias or undertaking sensitivity analyses to better understand the impact of bias. The unit provides students opportunities to use statistical software programs to conduct biostatistical analysis of data.

Unit details

Location:
Victoria University Online
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HPO6002

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Generate and interpret inferential statistics including the outcome of biostatistical tests and demonstrate the skill to identify, differentiate, select, and apply biostatistical concepts as appropriate;  
  2. Cross-examine the strengths and limitations of different epidemiologic approaches and study designs including cross-sectional studies, nested studies, and natural experiments;  
  3. Undertake a descriptive analysis of the determinants and causes of significant population health problems among diverse populations/communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;  
  4. Use statistical software programs to conduct biostatistical analysis of data and interpret results; and  
  5. Explicate relevant priorities for future research and relevance to existing public health policy.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Other Contribution to an e-Portfolio task on the strengths and limitations of two epidemiological approaches (500 words) 10%
Case Study Application of biostatistics to an epidemiologic case study (2000 words) 40%
Report Descriptive analysis of the determinants of a significant public health issue (2500). 50%

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