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PUBH732 Prevention and Control of Disease in Populations

Summarising the health of a population, methods to monitor and prevent disease in populations and the evaluation of public health approaches to controlling disease.

This paper will introduce students to the application of epidemiology to prevent and control disease in populations. It will enable students to learn how to assess the health status and health needs of a population and monitor the occurrence of both communicable and non-communicable diseases in a population. Aspects of disease prevention and control will be considered, such as the comparing and contrasting population strategies versus high-risk strategies, using surveillance data and the strengths and weaknesses of screening to detect early cases of disease in a population. In addition, students will learn some methods to evaluate the impact of various prevention and control strategies.

By the end of the paper students will have skills in assessing what diseases are important in a population, what methods can be employed to prevent or control these diseases and how to assess whether the strategies have been successful.

Paper title Prevention and Control of Disease in Populations
Paper code PUBH732
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 25 August 2017), 1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 25 August 2017), 1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 25 August 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,346.38
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,562.50

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Restriction
PUBH 701
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGCertPH
Notes
This paper runs for the first half of second semester.
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent
Contact
Wellington Campus: publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz
Christchurch Campus: publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Dunedin Campus: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Wellington Campus: Dr Nisha Nair (Overall Convenor)
Christchurch Campus:Dr Phil Hider
Dunedin Campus: Associate Professor John Dockerty
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Prevention
  2. Measures of Health
  3. Uses of Data
  4. Surveillance
  5. Screening
  6. Evaluation
Assessment:
  • Assignment 50%
  • Exam 50%
Teaching Arrangements
Tuesday mornings 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Textbooks
Text to be confirmed. Please contact the Department.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The goals of the paper are to
  • Review approaches to the prevention of disease in populations
  • Measure and summarise the health of a population
  • Evaluate public health methods of disease control

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 25 August 2017)

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 25 August 2017)

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 28-33

1st Non standard period (10 July 2017 - 25 August 2017)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

Summarising the health of a population, methods to monitor and prevent disease in populations and the evaluation of public health approaches to controlling disease.

This paper introduces students to how epidemiology can be applied to prevent and control disease in populations. Students will learn how epidemiological approaches and data can be used to assess the health needs of a population, monitor the occurrence of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and evaluate the effectiveness of public health strategies. We will cover topics such as comparing high-risk strategies versus population approaches to prevention, the strengths and weaknesses of population screening to detect early cases of disease, the attributes of a good surveillance system, and study designs that can be used to evaluate the impact of public health interventions. By the end of this paper, students will have skills to assess and monitor the burden of ill-health caused by diseases in a population, what approaches can be used to prevent or control these diseases, and how to assess whether these strategies have been successful.It is highly recommended that students complete paper PUBH 711 before commencing this paper.

Paper title Prevention and Control of Disease in Populations
Paper code PUBH732
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 24 August 2018), 1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 24 August 2018), 1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 24 August 2018)
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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Restriction
PUBH 701
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGCertPH
Notes
This paper runs for the first half of second semester.
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.
Contact
Wellington Campus: publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz
Christchurch Campus: publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Dunedin Campus: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Wellington Campus: Professor Richard Edwards (Overall Convenor)
Christchurch Campus:Dr Phil Hider
Dunedin Campus: Dr Lianne Parkin
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Prevention
  2. Measures of Health
  3. Uses of Data
  4. Surveillance
  5. Screening
  6. Evaluation
Assessment:
  • Assignment 50%
  • Exam 50%
Teaching Arrangements
Tuesday mornings 9:00am -12:00pm
Textbooks
Text to be confirmed. Please contact the Department.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The goals of the paper are to
  • Review approaches to the prevention of disease in populations
  • Measure and summarise the health of a population
  • Evaluate public health methods of disease control

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 24 August 2018)

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 24 August 2018)

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 28-33

1st Non standard period (9 July 2018 - 24 August 2018)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle