Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

Unit code: HPO6001

Credit points: 12 

The disciplines of Epidemiology and Biostatistics provide the foundation for designing studies to better understand the distribution of exposures and outcomes among specific population groups. In this subject, students are introduced to the basic principles, concepts of descriptive epidemiology and related biostatistics and how to use software to perform analytical research. Students will learn and practice how observational data is collected and analysed using statistical methods and communicated to a variety of audiences. These skills will enable students to evaluate existing epidemiological studies, and undertake basic epidemiolocal analysis using biostatistical approaches.

Learning outcomes


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

  1. Articulate the relationship between epidemiology and biostatistics.
  2. Frame epidemiological questions.
  3. Evaluate the statistical methods used to analyse a range of epidemiological studies.
  4. Monitor and evaluate population health data or indicators amongst diverse settings and populations.
  5. Perform basic descriptive statistical analyses using analytic software.




Contribute to a discussion board on using biostatistics to understand epidemiological challenges (500 words) - 10%

Analytic paper using peer-reviewed published articles on a topic of own choice (2500 words) - 50%

Statistical analysis and evaluation of an epidemiologic case study (2000 words). - 40%


Related course/s


This unit is studied as part of the online Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health.