HLTH13031 - Population Health Epidemiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit explores the importance and role of epidemiology as an approach to both public health and clinical practice. You will be able to use evidence from epidemiological investigations, 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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 25%
2. Group Discussion 25%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% response rate.

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.

Source: Personal reflection and discussion with Head of Course and Academic Lead (Learning & Teaching) for the School
Revision of alignment of learning outcomes and weighting of assessments.
The alignment of the learning outcomes and weighting of assessment items means that it is possible for students to pass the unit without displaying mastery of some fundamental concepts. This was discussed at length with the Head of Course and the Academic Lead (Learning & Teaching) within the School. A revision of the alignment and weighting of the assessment items will be undertaken and a Unit Change Proposal submitted to take effect from Term 1 2021.
Action Taken
This recommendation was not actioned because the Unit Coordinator left and a new unit coordinator has started coordinating this unit at the start of 2021 T1. The recommendation will be discussed with the Head of Course and further actions will be undertaken in due course.
Source: Personal reflection and discussion
Revision of materials and assessments.
In addition to the proposed revision of the alignment and weighting of the assessment items in this unit, the unit contents need to change. The current Unit Coordinator concurs with the previous unit coordinator "that it is possible for students to pass the unit without displaying mastery of some fundamental concepts" in epidemiology. A revision of the unit content and alignment with the course outcomes will be undertaken over the 2021 T3 period, to take effect from 2022 T1.
Action Taken
Source: Personal reflection
Although tutorials are scheduled, many students do not attend them. It might be useful to offer drop in tutorial sessions so more resources can be directed at helping students online on Moodle and one on one support where needed.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Calculate and communicate epidemiological statistics relating to the measurement of health, wellness and disease.
  2. Interpret epidemiological data within theories and frameworks of social justice and cultural diversity for effective knowledge transfer and exchange.
  3. Evaluate epidemiological investigations and sources of epidemiological data to identify inequities, enable change and advocate for health.
  4. Argue for a population health outcome using relevant research methods and approaches.
  5. Explain principles of data confidentiality and disclosure, and apply the ethical use of data.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Presentation
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment