HLTH07045 2020 Applied Epidemiology

General Details

Full Title
Applied Epidemiology
Transcript Title
Applied Epidemiology
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Richeal Burns
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science

The aim of this module is for the student to develop comprehensive knowledge of modern epidemiology themes and applications.  Students will develop specific skills in epidemiological study design and critical analysis. Identifying sources of quality evidence to inform the design of fact sheets  on the epidemiology of infectious and non-infectious diseases as well as interpretation of evidence over time and across regions and the implications of such will afford students the ability to undertake real-world applied epidemiological tasks.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


To become knowledgeable of sources of epidemiological information from various data sources


To understand how to prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate recent epidemiological study findings to professional audiences, policy makers and general public


To apply appraisal techniques to a range of study designs identifying potential confounding factors and biases


To understand the value of participating constructively in group discussions on validity and value of scientific papers

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning for this module will be carried out through a combination of online lectures, computer based critical appraisal and online practical's. Blended learning approaches will be adapted consistent with digital learning paradigms. 

Online delivery of 1 lecture per week with self directed learning. Guidance provided on relevant areas for self directed learning.

Online delivery of 2 hour workshop weekly, where students will be directed to complete interactive type activities to enhance their study skills and knowledge.

Question and answer sessions provided in the live classroom.

A variety of methods of instruction such as discussion, group work, interactive exercises, use of online resources and/or use of audio/visual material will be provided. Core skills will be embedded into all modules to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. This may include academic writing, oral presentations, reading techniques or research abilities. Accessible materials will be provided to students, including slides, documents, audio/visual material and textbooks enabling students slow down speed up recordings etc in accordance with universal distance learning.

All module content will be based on the principles of UDL to ensure equitable access to content and learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by continuous assessment (100%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examination will follow a similar format as applicable.

Indicative Syllabus

Epidemiology - Past, Present and Future; Searching for epidemiological data - search strategies and PICO's; Communication of Epidemiological Data - Design of Fact Sheets; Epidemiological Study Designs and Critical Appraisal; Case- studies/ cohorts/ RCT's and Systematic Reviews and Meta- Analysis; Types of Bias in Epidemiological Studies; and Critical Appraisal Tools

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 CA1: Critical appraisal of systematic review and meta-analysis Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 5 1,3,4
2 CA2: Critical Literature Review Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Week 10 1,2,3,4
3 CA3: Online computer-based test Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 13 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Online Problem-based Learning Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2011-09-01 Introduction To Epidemiology McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335244614 ISBN-13 0335244610

This popular book examines the underlying concepts and applications of epidemiology.

Required Reading
2016-11-30 Essential Epidemiology Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9781107529151 ISBN-13 1107529158

Taking a practical view with examples from all areas of health, the third edition of this textbook provides a clear, contemporary introduction to epidemiology.

Module Resources

Other Resources

A range of online resources and applications will be used.