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ECX9720

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Parkville First semester 2011 (Off-campus)

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Flavia Cicuttini

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

http://www.med.monash.edu.au/epidemiology/pgrad