HLTH13031 - Population Health Epidemiology
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit explores the importance and role of epidemiology as an approach to both public health and clinical practice. Students will be able to use evidence from epidemiological investigations, including statistical data, to understand the distribution of health outcomes in populations and understand the influence of factors that determine this distribution. The critical function of epidemiology will be reviewed including areas of anticipated needs, identified risk conditions, definition of priorities and the use of available resources for planning and administering health care services.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: 72 credit points (any tertiary level units)

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Desire for an example or exemplar to clarify the rapid review. Course evaluation Consideration will be given to how a more "standard" format can be adopted that will meet the needs of all disciplines undertaking the subject.
Size of the workbooks Course evaluation The workbook format be reconsidered to be changed to an end of semester exam in the formal exam block.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Interpret, calculate and communicate epidemiological statistics relating to the measurement of health, wellness and disease.
  2. Evaluate epidemiological investigations and sources of epidemiological data.
  3. Analyse the impact of health determinants on population health outcomes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Epidemiology
Author/s: Leon Gordis, Year: 2013
Edition: Fifth Publisher: Elsevier
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorErika Langham (e.langham@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Frameworks for determinants of population health

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 1 and 2 of text

Week 2 13-03-2017

Measuring the occurrence of disease

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 3 and 4 of text.


Week 3 20-03-2017

Measures of other health outcomes and diagnostic and screening tests

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapter 5 and 6 of text


Week 4 27-03-2017

How we gather evidence in population health: an introduction to qualitative methods

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Week 5 03-04-2017

How we gather evidence in population health: sources of health data and the hierarchy of quantitative measures

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Assignment Part A due this Friday
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Quantitative Methods for Health Evidence: Population Surveys and Randomised Control Trials

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapter 8 of text

Quiz 1 to be completed this week

Week 7 24-04-2017

Quantitative Methods for Health Evidence: Cohort Studies, Case Control and other study designs

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapter 9 and 10 of text

Week 8 01-05-2017

Estimating risk: measures of association and potential

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 11 and 12 of text


Week 9 08-05-2017

Linking determinants and outcomes: from association to causation

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 13 and 14


Week 10 15-05-2017

Summary measures of health

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.


Week 11 22-05-2017

Improving health at the population level

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 17 and 18 of text


Week 12 29-05-2017

Evidence and public policy

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapers 19 and 20 of text

Quiz 2 To be completed this week

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Report Part B Due

Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Online Assessment
Task Description

You will need to complete two quizzes (20 questions each) during the term (Week 6 and Week 12). The questions will relate to conceptual understanding of the topics covered, and a practical assessment of utilising health measures.

The quiz questions will be based on the review questions contained in the text book and the additional online review questions. You are strongly encouraged to undertake the review questions each week to check their understanding.

Each quiz will be available for one week, but you will only have one attempt and it will be time limited (60 mins). The quiz can NOT be saved and returned to. Questions will be drawn randomly from a pool. You will need to set aside a time convenient for them to undertake the quiz. It is recommended that you attempt the quiz at a time that ITD services are available for support for any technical problems.

Students with accessibility plans relevant to this type of assessment are encouraged to contact the course coordinator at the start of the term to discuss the assessment item.

Assessment Due Date Quiz 1 will be available during week 6; Quiz 2 will be available during week 12
Return Date to Students Quiz results will be made available once all students have completed the quiz.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

For each assessable contribution, a rating will be made on the quality of the contents based on the accuracy and quality of the input. For the short answer questions the rating will be based on comprehension and understanding of the topic, and for the calculations, accuracy of the calculation (including part marks where appropriate).

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Interpret, calculate and communicate epidemiological statistics relating to the measurement of health, wellness and disease.

2. Evaluate epidemiological investigations and sources of epidemiological data.

3. Analyse the impact of health determinants on population health outcomes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Report
Task Description

You will undertake a rapid review of a current population health issue of relevance. This review will be undertaken in two parts to allow you to receive and incorporate feedback on your academic writing, critical thinking and communication of evidence.

Part A: Background to the health issue (1000 words) will be a short introduction to the health issue, outlining its importance as a population health issue and critically outlining the current patterns of occurrence of the health issue within the population. This will be submitted on the Friday of week 5.

Part 2 will be a critical examination of the current evidence on issues around risk factors and recommended responses to reduce the impact of the health issue (3500 words). This will be submitted on the Friday of the Review / Exam week.

Full details, the assessment criteria and examples of reviews used in practice will be available on the moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Part 1 is due at 5pm on Friday 7 April, 2017 Part 2 is due 5pm Friday 9 June, 2017
Return Date to Students In accordance with university policy, feedback and grade will be provided through Moodle two weeks after the submission date.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

The report will be evaluated on:

  • Quality of communication
  • Presentation
  • Depth of critical analysis and interpretation
  • Interpretation and visualisation of data and information
  • Referencing

A full rubric with the assessment criteria broken down by grade is available on the course moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Students will need to upload their assignment to moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Interpret, calculate and communicate epidemiological statistics relating to the measurement of health, wellness and disease.

2. Evaluate epidemiological investigations and sources of epidemiological data.

3. Analyse the impact of health determinants on population health outcomes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence




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