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ECX9720 - Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Professor F Cicuttini


Austin Hospital Summer semester A 2009 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Parkville First semester 2009 (Off-campus)


Differences between descriptive & analytical epidemiology, strengths & weaknesses of different epidemiological study design & basic concepts & methods of biostatistics including confidence intervals, p-values & sample size, statistical tests for comparing groups, regression models & survival analysis. Design & evaluation of clinical trials.


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different epidemiological study designs;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and methods of biostatistics;
  3. interpret confidence intervals, p-values and sample size;
  4. use epidemiological and biostatistical principles to critically evaluate epidemiological research.


Two assignments (1500 words each): 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

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