Principal module aims
This Public Health Masters module will provide students with a systematic understanding of epidemiological methods, their applications, strengths and weaknesses and current methodological issues. It will provide an understanding of the application of medical statistics to present quantitative information and assess the role of chance.
By the end of the module students should understand the principal concepts and features that are encountered in epidemiological studies.
You should also be able to understand the key statistical principles and be able to use them to analyse epidemiology studies.
Successful completion of the module leads to the learning outcomes. The learning outcomes identify the knowledge, skills and attributes developed by the module, which in turn are mapped to the knowledge, cognitive and practical academic principles of the overall programme.
Through critical appraisal of literature, verbal and written discussion and debate with lecturers and peers, and submission of assessments; students should, upon successful completion of the module, be able to:
1. Explain the key concepts and features that are encountered in epidemiological studies.
2. Apply statistical principles to analyse epidemiology studies.
3. Demonstrate how epidemiological and statistical principles can be applied to health promotion.
4. Apply statistics to the design of an epidemiological study.
Week 1 Disease frequency and impact
Week 2 Use of routine statistics
Week 3 Study design and sample sizes
Week 4 Analysing epidemiological data
Week 5 Using epidemiological and statistical software
Week 6 Interpreting your findings
Part A: Short Answer Questions about a published epidemiological study (50%)
Part B: Problem Set of Statistical Questions (50%)