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PBH2001: Foundations of epidemiology

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Foundations of epidemiology

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This unit introduces students to the applications of epidemiological concepts and methods to typical problems in population health and in the broader public health literature.This will include consideration of fundamental ethical issues pertaining to the conduct of public health research and population health interventions.Emphasis is placed on a population view of health and disease, social determinants of health, epidemiological principles, research study design and interpretation, and communication of evidence in practice.


1 - Media report analysis (1,200 words) - 20% 2 - Critical appraisal (2,100 words) - 35% 3 - Online quiz (MCQ) (30 minutes) - 10% 4 - Examination (MCQ/SAQ) (2 hours and 10 minutes) - 35%


1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

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