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BM2001 - Epidemiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.
TV5040 HS1000


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Bruce Gummow
Lecturers: Professor Bruce Gummow, Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 33 hours lectures
  • 30 hours tutorials - Practicals and Tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (30%); assignments (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.