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PUBH211 Epidemiology of Major Health Problems

Examines selected major health problems in order to deepen understanding of epidemiological concepts and to review current knowledge about the distribution and determinants of these conditions.

This paper provides a population perspective on selected health issues and considers the relative importance of these problems in New Zealand and internationally. It also highlights the importance of reliable evidence to the effective control of major health problems. On completion of the paper, students should be in a better position to make a constructive and knowledgeable contribution to discussions about health and healthcare-related issues. For instance, students will be better equipped to assess published literature, media reports and other sources of health information and to judge their accuracy and relevance. Moreover, by considering how knowledge about various health conditions has evolved, students will have a basis for assessing new information as it emerges in the future. PUBH 211 can be taken as a stand-alone paper or as part of a minor in Public Health.

Paper title Epidemiology of Major Health Problems
Paper code PUBH211
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
(HEAL 192 or HEAL 101 or HEAL 201 or PUBH 192) and 90 further points from Arts and Music or Science Schedule C
Restriction
HEAL 211
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with special approval.
Eligibility
Suitable for students undertaking any degree who meet the prerequisites.
Contact
janine.tansley@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Rachael McLean
Paper Structure
The paper consists of five modules, which focus on particular topics:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Infection
  • Mental disorders
  • Injury
Each module includes a series of lectures, a two-hour tutorial and a homework exercise. There are also three more general tutorials during the semester.

Assessment is based on:
  • Five short homework tasks (collectively worth 8% of the final grade)
  • A compulsory assignment proposal (2% of the final grade)
  • A two-part assignment (30% of the final grade)
  • A three-hour examination (60% of the final grade)
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.

A course book with the relevant readings will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The overall aim of this paper is to examine selected major health problems in order to deepen understanding of epidemiological concepts and to review current knowledge about the distribution, determinants and prospects for control of these conditions.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
H1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 18-22
Friday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
H1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
H2 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
H3 Thursday 11:00-12:50 9-11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

Examines selected major health problems in order to deepen understanding of epidemiological concepts and to review current knowledge about the distribution, determinants and prospects for control of these conditions.

This paper provides a population perspective on selected health issues and considers the relative importance of these problems in New Zealand and internationally. It also highlights the importance of reliable evidence to the effective control of major health problems. On completion of the paper, students should be in a better position to make a constructive and knowledgeable contribution to discussions about health and healthcare-related issues. For instance, students will be better equipped to assess published literature, media reports and other sources of health information and to judge their accuracy and relevance. Moreover, by considering how knowledge about various health conditions has evolved, students will have a basis for assessing new information as it emerges in the future.

PUBH 211 can be taken as a stand-alone paper or as part of a minor in Public Health.

Paper title Epidemiology of Global Health Conditions
Paper code PUBH211
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
(HEAL 192 or HEAL 101 or HEAL 201 or PUBH 192) and 90 further points from Arts and Music or Science Schedule C or BHealSc Schedule Part 1.
Restriction
HEAL 211
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with special approval.
Eligibility
Suitable for students undertaking any degree who meet the prerequisites.
Contact
janine.tansley@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Senior epidemiology staff in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.
Paper Structure
The paper consists of five modules, which focus on particular topics:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Infection
  • Mental disorders
  • Injury
Each module includes a series of lectures, a 2-hour tutorial and a homework exercise. There are also three more general tutorials during the semester.

Assessment is based on:
  • Five short homework tasks (collectively worth 8% of the final grade)
  • A compulsory assignment proposal (2% of the final grade)
  • A two-part assignment (30% of the final grade)
  • A three-hour examination (60% of the final grade)
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
A course book with the relevant readings will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The overall aim of this paper is to examine selected major health problems in order to deepen understanding of epidemiological concepts and to review current knowledge about the distribution, determinants and prospects for control of these conditions.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
H1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
H1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
H2 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
H3 Thursday 11:00-12:50 9-11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22