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EPM5001 - Health indicators and health surveys

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Associate Professor J Simpson


Alfred Hospital First semester 2009 (Off-campus)


Introduction to a variety of health-related data collection sources, calculation of population fertility, mortality & morbidity rates, health service utilisation measures, disease registration & reporting. Use of direct & indirect age standardisation, life expectancy calculations, valid comparisons & health differentials. Development, design & delivery of health questionnaires. Use of focus groups, standard instruments for health surveys, coding, validity, reliability of measures & models of data collection. Efficient sampling strategies, data interpretation & analysis including stratification, clustering & weighting.


At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. derive and compare population measures of mortality, illness, fertility and survival, using basic demographic tools such as life tables and age standardisation;
  2. access the main sources of routinely collected health data and choose the appropriate one, taking into account their advantages and disadvantages;
  3. design a valid and reliable health survey to collect primary data, design an efficient sampling strategy to obtain random sample of the target population, and choose the most appropriate mode of delivery;
  4. analyse, interpret and present the results of survey data, taking the sampling strategy into account.


Written assignments (100%)



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