University of Technology Sydney

95729 Introduction to Epidemiology

6cp; 1.5hrs, pre-recorded lecture, online; 1.5hpw, tutorial, on campus.
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This foundation subject introduces students to epidemiology and its application in public health. The subject involves the study of factors affecting health and illness from a population rather than an individual perspective. It further develops concepts introduced in 95726 Introduction to Public Health. Epidemiology underpins much of public health. It provides a framework of methods from which information can be reviewed to help identify and address public health problems. Students explore fundamental aspects of epidemiology, including:

  • foundation concepts: surveillance, measurements of health and disease, concepts of health and disease
  • study designs and their use: how epidemiological data can be used to plan and develop interventions to prevent disease (e.g. infection outbreak) and promote health
  • critically appraise the quality of evidence

    This subject provides a strong foundation in epidemiology for those intending to work with health data in public health and health services settings.

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