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  • Objectives
    On completion of this course, graduates are expected to have: * An advanced understanding of epidemiological theory and its role and contribution in health-related disciplines * An understanding of basic statistical concepts and their role in epidemiological design and analysis * A critical approach to the appraisal of research work * The skills to identify and prioritise issues in health research and practice * The capacity to apply epidemiological and biostatistical theory and methods in practice including the demonstrated ability to: > Identify health issues and formulate research questions > Locate, synthesise and critically appraise epidemiological data, systems and research. > Design and appraise epidemiological studies > Summarise and report epidemiological data > Apply standard methods of statistical analysis used in epidemiology > Interpret and apply the findings of epidemiological studies > Prepare grant applications and manuscripts and deliver effective oral presentations
  • Academic Title
    Master of Epidemiology
  • Course description
    Students have two options:
    Option 1: Completion of the 6 core subjects AND 2 electives.
    Option 2: Completion of the 6 core subjects AND a research report/minor thesis.    

    CORE SUBJECTS

    Students must complete all SIX Core subjects for both Option 1 and Option 2:

    Part time students are expected to take 505-969, 505-970, 505-971 and 505-972 in their 1st year.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    505-969  Epidemiology & Analytic Methods 1
    This subject provides an introduction to epidemiological and biostatistical concepts and methods, and their application in the assessment and management of health issues in a range of clinical and population-based settings. Methods are taught in an a...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-970  Epidemiology & Analytic Methods 2
    This subject consolidates the basic principles covered in "Epidemiology and Analytic Methods I" and develops a more substantial understanding of epidemiological research, and in particular of the key concepts of confounding, i...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-973  Study Design in Epidemiology
    This subject covers the main epidemiological study designs in detail. Methodological issues in study design will be illustrated using practical examples and critical appraisal. The following designs will be covered: trials, cohort studies, case-contr...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-974  Epidemiology in Practice
    This subject will build on the principles and methods covered in Epidemiology and Analytic Methods I and 11 and Study Design in Epidemiology, focussing on the application of epidemiological methods in a range of clinical and population-based settings...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-971  Linear & Logistic Regression
    This subject covers linear regression methods for continuous outcome variables and logistic regression methods for binary outcome variables. The focus will be on regression methods and models used in epidemiology. The concepts of correlation (for lin...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-972  Survival Analysis & Regression for Rates
    This subject expands on Linear and Logistic Regression, introducing the use of rates and rate ratios and the analysis of censored time to event (survival) data. The focus is on methods for modelling the relationship between events measured over time,...     Semester 2     12.50

    ELECTIVES


    The following elective subjects are available to students who choose Option 1 of the Course Plan.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    505-520  Database Systems in Epidemiology Studies
    This subject covers the skills needed to design, program and manage a database application for epidemiological research. Topics covered include: efficient database design; database programming of tables, forms and macros; queries for extracting data ...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-929  Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    The epidemiology of infectious diseases differs from chronic disease - cases may be the source of infection for further cases, immunity is an important factor in disease transmission and control, and there is often the need for urgency in the detecti...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-926  Genetic Epidemiology
    The majority of chronic diseases share a common risk factor: the family history for that disease. Epidemiologists can use families to assess the role of the interrelated genetic and environmental risk factors. This subject provides an introduction to...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-936  Infectious Diseases Epi - Special Topics
    This subject introduces students to specialist areas in infectious disease epidemiology. The modules will be linked by themes that include evidence-based public health decision-making, infectious disease policy development, risk assessment and risk c...     Semester 2     12.50

    RESEARCH REPORT/MINOR THESIS:

    Students who enroll in Option 2 must complete either of the following subjects:

        * 505-930 (Research Project) or
        * 505-931 (Minor Thesis)

    NOTE: The Minor Theis is ONLY available to students exempt from some or all core subjects.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    505-930  Research Project - Master Epidemiology
    To develop a question in Epidemiology which can be answered through the scientific method and to attempt to answer the question whether by a critical review of the published and unpublished literature, by a meta-analysis of the published and unpublis...     Semester 1, Semester 2     25

    505-931  Minor Thesis - Master of Epidemiology
    To develop a question in Epidemiology which can be answered through the scientific method and to attempt to answer the question by a critical review of the published and published literature, the development of a protocol and the collection and analy...     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

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