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PUBH732 Using Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

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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 provide an introduction to the ways in which epidemiology can be applied to prevent and control disease in populations. Aspects of disease prevention and control that will be considered include the collection of health-related data and public health surveillance; the use of epidemiological data to assess, and compare, the health status and health needs of populations; strategies which can be used to prevent disease in populations; important considerations in relation to screening programmes, methods to evaluate the impact of various prevention and control strategies, and prevention and control activities undertaken by Public Health Units.

Paper title Using Epidemiology in Public Health Practice
Paper code PUBH732
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (12 July 2021 - 5 September 2021) (On campus)
1st Non standard period (12 July 2021 - 5 September 2021) (On campus)
1st Non standard period (12 July 2021 - 5 September 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,444.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,337.00

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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
Christchurch Campus: Dr Phil Hider
Dunedin Campus and Overall Convenor: Associate Professor Lianne Parkin

Paper Structure

Topics:

  1. Health-related data and public health surveillance
  2. Measures of health
  3. Prevention
  4. Screening
  5. Evaluation
  6. Public Health Unit visit

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

On completion of this paper, students should be able to:

  • Describe, use, and interpret basic measures to assess and compare the health of populations using available data.
  • Describe and critically discuss the application of epidemiological tools to measure, monitor, and control disease in populations.
  • Describe and critically discuss epidemiological approaches to evaluate the impact of public health interventions.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (12 July 2021 - 5 September 2021)

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

1st Non standard period (12 July 2021 - 5 September 2021)

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 (12 July 2021 - 5 September 2021)

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 will provide an introduction to the ways in which epidemiology can be applied to prevent and control disease in populations. Aspects of disease prevention and control that will be considered include the collection of health-related data and public health surveillance; the use of epidemiological data to assess, and compare, the health status of populations; strategies which can be used to prevent disease in populations; important considerations in relation to screening programmes, methods to evaluate the impact of various prevention and control strategies, and prevention and control activities undertaken by Public Health Units.

Paper title Using Epidemiology in Public Health Practice
Paper code PUBH732
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (11 July 2022 - 4 September 2022) (On campus)
1st Non standard period (11 July 2022 - 4 September 2022) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 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
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 PUBH711 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
Christchurch Campus: Associate Professor Phil Hider
Dunedin Campus: Associate Professor Lianne Parkin

Paper Structure

Topics:

  1. Health-related data and public health surveillance
  2. Measures of health
  3. Prevention
  4. Screening
  5. Evaluation
  6. Public Health Unit visit

Assessment:

  • Assignment: 50%
  • Exam: 50%
Teaching Arrangements

Tuesday mornings, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Textbooks

Webb P, Bain C, Page A. Essential Epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2019.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

On completion of this paper, students should be able to:

  • Describe, use, and interpret basic measures to assess and compare the health of populations using available data.
  • Describe and critically discuss the application of epidemiological tools to measure, monitor, and control disease in populations.
  • Describe and critically discuss epidemiological approaches to evaluate the impact of public health interventions.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (11 July 2022 - 4 September 2022)

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 (11 July 2022 - 4 September 2022)

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