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HL20506: Epidemiology in public health

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment (CW 70% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • AS20207 - Brief Guide to Managing Performance (2000 words) (Computing - Bath) (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL10499
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to key epidemiological and statistical concepts and methods used in public health practice and policymaking.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:
* Critical understanding of the history and theory of epidemiology.
* Knowledge of measures of mortality and morbidity.
* Ability to understand key statistical techniques used in public health and epidemiology.
* Ability to interpret quantitative research underpinning public health policy interventions.

Knowledge and understanding (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Intellectual skills (facilitated and assessed)
Analytical skills to interpret quantitative data (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Mathematical/statistical skills (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Written communications (facilitated and assessed)
Problem solving (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Work independently (facilitated)
Time management and planning (facilitated).

Students will study:
* The history and theory of epidemiology, including discussion of early cases, recent innovations in the field and key theoretical concepts.
* Measures of disease occurrence (incidence, prevalence) and exposure effect (risk, rate and odds ratios and exposure response functions).
* Epidemiological study designs, including cross-sectional, case-control, cohort, intervention and ecological studies, randomised control trials, meta-analyses and systematics reviews.
* Statistical factors and techniques, such as bias and confounding, basic regression, analysis of subgroups and interaction, sample size calculations and causal inference.
* Surveillance and the critical role of routine data collection to inform epidemiological studies, quality of data, response rates.
* Contribution of epidemiology to health impact assessments (HIA).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL20506 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AKB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AFM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AKM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 2)