Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations. The application of this study involves studies that elicit information pertaining to prevention, planning, control of population health problems." This course introduces the fundamental principles and practices of epidemiology in public health. Students will examine basic epidemiological concepts and methods, explore their application, perform elementary epidemiological reviews and critiques, and reflect in the role of epidemiology in public health.

    Course Introduction:
    This course is presented as an introduction to Epidemiology primarily for Bachelor of Public Health, Nutrition and Dietetics, Science, Bio-medical Science and Medical Science students but is also offered to those students desiring a solid grounding in this topic.

    Course Aims
    This course is presented as an introduction to Epidemiology primarily for Bachelor of Public Health students but is also offered to those students desiring a solid grounding in this topic. Epidemiology and Public Health is a core quantitative discipline of public health. It aims to develop the practical application of quantitative approach to problem solving in public health, which exposes students to a variety of study designs and critical thinking skills and enables them to develop appropriate strategies. The knowledge and skills gained in this course will form the basis in all health fields. Its principles and applications are essential to effective public health practice.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe the fundamental role of Epidemiology in public health
    2 Calculate and correctly interpret measures of the occurence of disease and measures of association between exposure and disease.
    3 Identify the major sources of health data and their limitations
    4 Define the principles underlying the main types of epidemiological study
    5 Identify whether a given study result is likely to be real (i.e. to rule out chance, bias, and confounding as alternative explanations)
    6 Identify whether a given association between exposure and disease is likely to be causal
    7 Employ a critical approach to reading the health literature
    8 Describe the general approaches to disease surveillance and the underlying strategies for disease prevention
    9 Demonstrate the principles required to investigate outbreaks and conduct screening to detect early disease
    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task


    Test or quiz
    In-class Quiz


    Assignment - Problem Solving Assignment
    Assessment Task 1


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Assessment Task 2


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final open-book exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.