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ECX9720

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr M Davies / Prof F Cicuttini

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.

Outcomes

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%)

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