HLTH08017 2013 APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY
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.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Be able to communicate what epidemiology is and what uses it has to both health professional and lay audiences.
Prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate recent epidemiological study findings to professional audiences, policy makers and general public.
Critically appraise a range of study designs identifying potential confounding factors and biases.
Outline the epidemiology of a number of infectious and non infectious diseases including both descriptive and analytical analysis and implications for prevention.
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
Epidemiology - Past, Present and Future
Epidemiological Study Designs and Critical Appraisal
Epidemiology of Infectious and Non Infectious Diseases
Design of Fact Sheets
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|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
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self Study||5||Weekly||5.00|
|Problem Based Learning||Problem Based Learning Room||Workshop||1||Weekly||1.00|
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.