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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 introduces how epidemiology is applied in the practice of public health.  Students will learn how epidemiological approaches and data can be used to inform the development of prevention strategies, 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. 

Paper title Prevention and Control of Disease in Populations
Paper code PUBH732
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points 15 points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (8 July 2019 - 23 August 2019), 1st Non standard period (8 July 2019 - 23 August 2019), 1st Non standard period (8 July 2019 - 23 August 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,400.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,934.75

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Restriction
PUBH 701
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGCertPH
Recommended Preparation
PUBH 711
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.

It is strongly recommended that students complete PUBH 711 before commencing this paper.
Contact

Wellington Campus: publichealth.wellington@otago.ac.nz
Christchurch Campus: publichealth.christchurch@otago.ac.nz
Dunedin Campus: publichealth.dunedin@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, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

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 (8 July 2019 - 23 August 2019)

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

1st Non standard period (8 July 2019 - 23 August 2019)

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 28-33

1st Non standard period (8 July 2019 - 23 August 2019)

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