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BM2001 - Epidemiology

[Not offered in 2021]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to level 2 Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science and Bachelor of Science Students.

The subject includes a consideration of terms and methods used to describe the occurrence of disease; the concept and measurement of cause and effect; factors affecting validity and types and choice of diagnostic tests; the design and interpretation of clinical trials.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand and apply the concepts of spatial, temporal and population patterns to disease investigations and control;
  • know the types of epidemiological data and be able to apply basic exploratory statistical methods to such data;
  • understand the relationships between cause and effect of disease;
  • be able to design and analyse results of surveys, cross-sectional, case control, cohort studies and randomised controlled trials; and understand the concepts of gold standard, sensitivity, specificity and predictive value of diagnostic tests;
  • know the meaning of terms used in epidemiology and be able to classify disease factors into determinants and variables.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) -
  • Written > Examination - In class - (30%) -
TV5040 HS1000

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