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AVME801 Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Conducting a review; modern epidemiologic concepts and methods; critical appraisal; epidemiological study design; descriptive epidemiology; sampling and measurement; epidemiological analysis; inferential statistics; regression analysis.

The Diploma and Masters degree are internationally recognised as meeting the academic requirements for higher professional training for specialist registration in occupational medicine.

Paper title Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Paper code AVME801
Subject Aviation Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MOccMed, MAvMed, MHealSc (Endorsed)

If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff

Course Director - Rob Griffiths

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

It is taught each year in the first semester.


Essential Epidemiology : An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals

by Penny Webb , and Christopher Bain


Cambridge University Press

DATE 2010-12-16

Course outline

Occupational epidemiology and statistics underpins occupational health practice. The evidence base for occupational and environmental medicine often requires specialist knowledge and ability to interpret the scientific evidence accurately and appropriately. Often relatively small changes on a background of non-occupational characteristics have considerable significance in occupational health practice, such as occupational cancer and allergy. Occupational physicians are often required to investigate or study particular health effects of occupation, and understanding research methodologies is vital to enable these to be designed and implemented effectively.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, global perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, self-motivation, teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will develop skills in:

  • The use of research techniques
  • Critical appraisal
  • Biostatistical analysis
  • The use of statistical software

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system