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PUBH721 Methods for Epidemiological Research

An in-depth study of epidemiological ideas and methods used in conceptualisation, design, analysis and interpretation of studies of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations.

This paper builds on the Principles of Epidemiology (PUBH 711), to provide a deeper understanding of epidemiological ideas and methods for those who intend to carry out epidemiological studies in public health. Students will learn in more depth about epidemiological study design and a range of approaches for dealing with confounding and bias in the design and analysis of studies of risk factor-disease associations. Students will have the opportunity to explore a specific methodological issue in epidemiology. By the end of the paper students will be able to design, implement and analyse an epidemiological study with appropriate oversight (eg Master of Public Health thesis) or as part of a research team.

Paper title Methods for Epidemiological Research
Paper code PUBH721
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (4 September 2017 - 27 October 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,346.38
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,562.50

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Prerequisite
(PUBH 701 or PUBH 711) and (HASC 413 or STAT 110 or STAT 115 or PUBH 725)
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH (Endorsed), PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) Students enrolling for MSc in Human Nutrition may substitute HUNT 312 for PUBH 701 or HASC 411 or HEAL 211 or PUBH 211. (ii) An approved statistics paper may be substituted for HASC 413 or STAT 110 or STAT 115. (iii) Students with an appropriate background who have not passed the usual prerequisites may be admitted with approval from the Postgraduate Public Health Board of Studies. (iv) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (v) This paper runs for the second half of second semester.
Paper Structure
Course outline
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent
Contact
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin campus:
postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Jennie Connor
Teaching Arrangements
Distance taught - participation in weekly videoconference and discussion board required
Textbooks
Text to be confirmed. Please contact the Department: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Explain the conceptual basis of epidemiological study design and the nature of causation in epidemiological research
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of methods for addressing confounding and bias in epidemiological research
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore and explain a specific methodological issue in epidemiology

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (4 September 2017 - 27 October 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle

An in-depth study of epidemiological ideas and methods used in conceptualisation, design, analysis and interpretation of studies of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations.

This paper builds on the Principles of Epidemiology (PUBH 711), to provide a deeper understanding of epidemiological ideas and methods for those who intend to carry out epidemiological studies in public health. Students will learn in more depth about epidemiological study design and a range of approaches for dealing with confounding and bias in the design and analysis of studies of risk factor-disease associations. Students will have the opportunity to explore a specific methodological issue in epidemiology. By the end of the paper students will be able to design, implement and analyse an epidemiological study with appropriate oversight (eg Master of Public Health thesis) or as part of a research team.

Paper title Methods for Epidemiological Research
Paper code PUBH721
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (3 September 2018 - 26 October 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,373.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,745.00

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Prerequisite
(PUBH 701 or PUBH 711) and (HASC 413 or STAT 110 or STAT 115 or PUBH 725)
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH (Endorsed), PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) Students enrolling for MSc in Human Nutrition may substitute HUNT 312 for PUBH 701 or HASC 411 or HEAL 211 or PUBH 211. (ii) An approved statistics paper may be substituted for HASC 413 or STAT 110 or STAT 115. (iii) Students with an appropriate background who have not passed the usual prerequisites may be admitted with approval from the Postgraduate Public Health Board of Studies. (iv) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (v) This paper runs for the second half of second semester.
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent
Contact
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin campus:
postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Jennie Connor
Paper Structure
Teaching Arrangements
Distance taught - participation in weekly videoconference and discussion board required
Textbooks
Text to be confirmed. Please contact the Department: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Explain the conceptual basis of epidemiological study design and the nature of causation in epidemiological research
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of methods for addressing confounding and bias in epidemiological research
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore and explain a specific methodological issue in epidemiology

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (3 September 2018 - 26 October 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle