Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a unit for anyone who has an interest in public health, the risks to it and the associated research. The unit covers a wide variety of information encompassing statistical understanding, such as experimental design, association, causation and sensitivity as well as the practice of statistical tests that are used to draw conclusions from data. Furthermore, the unit covers Epidemiology and its practises in depth. Biostatistics is key in the understanding of public health data, and this unit knits both topics together.

On completion of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, provided by Open Universties Australia and Curtin University, you will be able to understand different areas of study within public health according to epidemiological principles, you will also understand how these principles can be applied to solve public health problems. You will gain an understanding of the different types of epidemiological experiments and their meaning, and be able to review epidemiological literature. Finally you will be able to carry out statistical tests on real-life data, as well as use statistical packages such as STATA to analyse it.

Eligibility

Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in the following unit:

  • Health Research Methods

Areas of study

In this unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Epidemiological research, rates and ratios, standardisation, bias, confounding and sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic and screening tests
  • Association and causation
  • Principles and evaluation of clinical trials, cohort and case control studies
  • Multivariable analyses: simple and multiple linear regression, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA)
  • Use of (SPSS) statistical software

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Master of Health Promotion, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Curtin University
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  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University
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And an approved elective in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Master of Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you a thorough understanding of statistics and their use in understanding public health research and scenarios, and as such will be extremely helpful in enriching your experience working in any public health area. An understanding of statistics and its use to analyse data is crucial in public health research, and as such, this postgraduate unit could enable you to go on to further study and academic research. Alternatively, the unit will give you the expertise transferable to the working sector of public health and epidemiology. Furthermore, the transferable skills you gain during this unit will be indispensable in your later career.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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