HLTH08017 2013 APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY

General Details

Full Title
APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY
Transcript Title
APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY
Code
HLTH08017
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
Department
LIFE - Life Sciences
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Health Science and Physical Activity
Description

In this module the student will develop a comprehensive knowledge of modern epidemiology.  Learners will develop specific skills in epidemiological study design and the appraisal of these studies, as well as associated skills in the design of fact sheets  on the epidemiology of infectious and non-infectious diseases. Students will also address ethical issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Be able to communicate what epidemiology is and what uses it has to both health professional and lay audiences.

2.

Prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate recent epidemiological study findings to professional audiences, policy makers and general public.

3.

Critically appraise a range of study designs identifying potential confounding factors and biases.

4.

Outline the epidemiology of a number of infectious and non infectious diseases including both descriptive and analytical analysis and implications for prevention.

5.

Accept responsibility for their work and engage fully with others in group activities

Module Assessment Strategies

A variety of assessment methods are used within this module which is 100% continuous assessment. Students will receive clear statement of learning outcomes and assessment breakdown including the relevant performance criteria at the beginning of the semester and will be reminded of these at regular intervals

The module will link with Applied Statistics for Public Health with statistical tests introduced that are relevant to the study designs in Applied Epidemiology.  Students will be assessed on the critical appraisal skills through appraising a previously unseen article. This article will also be used for an assessment in the module Applied Statistics for Public Health. Students will also compile a fact sheet and deliver a workshop on a paper of their choice

Module Dependencies

Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Epidemiology - Past, Present and Future

Epidemiological Study Designs and Critical Appraisal

Epidemiology of Infectious and Non Infectious Diseases

Design of Fact Sheets

Ethical Issues

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Review of epidemiological papers. Contribution to class discussions Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Development of epidemiological fact sheet on specific topic Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 5 1,2,4,5
3 Presentation Oral Presentation of Epidemiological paper Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2,4
4 Other Exam Critical Appraisal of reserach paper Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 9 3
5 Other Exam Critical Appraisal of research paper Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 13 3

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Tutorial Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Problem Based Learning Problem Based Learning Room Workshop 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Ajecunmobi, O (2002). Making Sense of Critical Appraisal. London: Oxford University Press.

Bhopal, R. (2002). Concepts of Epidemiology. Oxford. Oxford University Press.

Carr, S., Unwinb, N. & Pless-Mullolli (2007). An Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology (2nd Edition). Berkshire: Open University Press.

Elwood, M (2007). Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological studies and clinical trials. 3rd Ed. Oxford. Oxford University Press.

Greenhalgh, T. (2006) How to read a paper - the basics of evidence based medicine (3rd Ed.). BMJ Books, Blackwell Publishing.

URL Resources
http://itsligo.learnonline.ie/course/view.php?id=530
Other Resources

None

Additional Information

None