CQUniversity Unit Profile
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
Population Health Epidemiology
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General Information

Overview

This unit explores the importance and role of epidemiology as an approach to both public health and clinical practice. Students will be able to use evidence from epidemiological investigations, including statistical data, to understand the distribution of health outcomes in populations and understand the influence of factors that determine this distribution. The critical function of epidemiology will be reviewed including areas of anticipated needs, identified risk conditions, definition of priorities and the use of available resources for planning and administering health care services.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: 72 credit points (any tertiary level units)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Course evaluation

Feedback

Desire for an example or exemplar to clarify the rapid review.

Recommendation

Consideration will be given to how a more "standard" format can be adopted that will meet the needs of all disciplines undertaking the subject.

Action

Examples of different formats and scopes of rapid reviews were provided in a tutorial dedicated to discussion and clarifications of the assessment task.

Feedback from Course evaluation

Feedback

Size of the workbooks

Recommendation

The workbook format be reconsidered to be changed to an end of semester exam in the formal exam block.

Action

Work books were discontinued and an online quiz format was used.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Interpret, calculate and communicate epidemiological statistics relating to the measurement of health, wellness and disease.
  2. Evaluate epidemiological investigations and sources of epidemiological data.
  3. Analyse the impact of health determinants on population health outcomes.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Epidemiology Fifth (2013)

Authors: Leon Gordis,
Elsevier
Philadelphia Philadelphia , PA , USA
ISBN: 9781455737338
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Erika Langham Unit Coordinator
e.langham@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Frameworks for determinants of population health

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 1 and 2 of text

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Measuring the occurrence of disease

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 3 and 4 of text.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Measures of other health outcomes and diagnostic and screening tests

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapter 5 and 6 of text

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

How we gather evidence in population health: an introduction to qualitative methods

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

How we gather evidence in population health: sources of health data and the hierarchy of quantitative measures

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment Part A due this Friday
Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Quantitative Methods for Health Evidence: Population Surveys and Randomised Control Trials

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapter 8 of text

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 to be completed this week

Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Quantitative Methods for Health Evidence: Cohort Studies, Case Control and other study designs

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapter 9 and 10 of text

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Estimating risk: measures of association and potential

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 11 and 12 of text

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

Linking determinants and outcomes: from association to causation

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 13 and 14

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

Summary measures of health

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Improving health at the population level

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapters 17 and 18 of text

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Evidence and public policy

Chapter

Prescribed learning activities - combination of journal articles, chapter readings and online activities.

Chapers 19 and 20 of text

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 To be completed this week

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Report Part B Due

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Online Assessment

Task Description

You will need to complete two quizzes (20 questions each) during the term (Week 6 and Week 12). The questions will relate to conceptual understanding of the topics covered, and a practical assessment of utilising health measures.

The quiz questions will be based on the review questions contained in the text book and the additional online review questions. You are strongly encouraged to undertake the review questions each week to check their understanding.

Each quiz will be available for one week, but you will only have one attempt and it will be time limited (60 mins). The quiz can NOT be saved and returned to. Questions will be drawn randomly from a pool. You will need to set aside a time convenient for them to undertake the quiz. It is recommended that you attempt the quiz at a time that ITD services are available for support for any technical problems.

Students with accessibility plans relevant to this type of assessment are encouraged to contact the course coordinator at the start of the term to discuss the assessment item.


Assessment Due Date

Quiz 1 will be available during week 6; Quiz 2 will be available during week 12


Return Date to Students

Quiz results will be made available once all students have completed the quiz.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

For each assessable contribution, a rating will be made on the quality of the contents based on the accuracy and quality of the input. For the short answer questions the rating will be based on comprehension and understanding of the topic, and for the calculations, accuracy of the calculation (including part marks where appropriate).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Interpret, calculate and communicate epidemiological statistics relating to the measurement of health, wellness and disease.
  • Evaluate epidemiological investigations and sources of epidemiological data.
  • Analyse the impact of health determinants on population health outcomes.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Report

Task Description

You will undertake a rapid review of a current population health issue of relevance. This review will be undertaken in two parts to allow you to receive and incorporate feedback on your academic writing, critical thinking and communication of evidence.

Part A: Background to the health issue (1000 words) will be a short introduction to the health issue, outlining its importance as a population health issue and critically outlining the current patterns of occurrence of the health issue within the population. This will be submitted on the Friday of week 5.

Part 2 will be a critical examination of the current evidence on issues around risk factors and recommended responses to reduce the impact of the health issue (3500 words). This will be submitted on the Friday of the Review / Exam week.

Full details, the assessment criteria and examples of reviews used in practice will be available on the moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Part 1 is due at 5pm on Friday 7 April, 2017 Part 2 is due 5pm Friday 9 June, 2017


Return Date to Students

In accordance with university policy, feedback and grade will be provided through Moodle two weeks after the submission date.


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

The report will be evaluated on:

  • Quality of communication
  • Presentation
  • Depth of critical analysis and interpretation
  • Interpretation and visualisation of data and information
  • Referencing

A full rubric with the assessment criteria broken down by grade is available on the course moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students will need to upload their assignment to moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Interpret, calculate and communicate epidemiological statistics relating to the measurement of health, wellness and disease.
  • Evaluate epidemiological investigations and sources of epidemiological data.
  • Analyse the impact of health determinants on population health outcomes.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?