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Public Health and Epidemiology (VET656)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
FTLEARN: FTL3-online
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides students with a firm foundation in theoretical and practical questions implicated in the study of public health. Population health approaches to public health challenges, in local and global context, will be examined. The unit introduces students to the skills of applying epidemiological principles to public health and clinical practice. This includes undertaking scientific assessment of the health literature, with a strong emphasis on critical appraisal of health data analysis.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe the concept of health and its determinants, and discuss the relevance of these for contemporary public health policy
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the range of factors that influence public health
3. Design an epidemiological study to address a public health problem
4. Identify and calculate measures used to quantify the link between health exposures and disease outcomes
5. Demonstrate an understanding of prevention and screening and be able to calculate diagnostic test characteristics
6. Characterise potential sources of data error and be able to critically evaluate and interpret epidemiological data, including results of observational studies
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars (10 x 2 hour) and workshops and computer labs (10 x 2 hour) are delivered throughout the semester.
For FutureLearn: Learning activities are fully online, and asynchronous. Students are expected to stay up-to-date with online learning activities (around a weekly schedule).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit uses a subject-centred learning approach. Learning occurs through interactive workshops during in-class contact, discussions and an oral presentation to fellow students, and supported independent research activity. Interaction with fellow students and the unit coordinator is available through online discussion forums.
Other Learning Experiences - Interactive workshops,
- Independent research,
- Oral presentation.
Assessment Critical Appraisal of Emerging Public Health Challenges: 30% , Epidemiological Study Proposal: 30%, Multi-choice and short answer examination: 40%
Prerequisites Enrolment in: Master of Health Policy and Leadership; Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation; Master of Business Administration (Global); Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine); Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Graduate Certificate in One Health; or permission of the Unit Co-ordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (GCHAPL) [New in 2015]
Graduate Certificate in One Health (GradCertOneHealth)
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
VET656
Dr Mieghan Bruce
Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2459
e: Mieghan.Bruce@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.015 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
VET656

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Mieghan Bruce
Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2459
e: Mieghan.Bruce@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.015 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
VET656

FTLEARN: FTL3-Online
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