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MRes Primary Care (Web-based Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Applied Epidemiology

Unit code POPH60112
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Knowledge of epidemiology to this level is essential for those embarking on a career in public health and for those intending to pursue research. Clinicians and managers of clinical services should find a deeper appreciation of epidemiology, particularly as it relates to health services evaluation, useful.

This is an interactive online course. Students must work through the online course material. Students are encouraged to use the Blackboard discussion boards to ask questions and check their understanding of the course material.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

You must have passed Fundamentals of Epidemiology (POPH60991) with at least 60% overall.

Aims

This unit is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to enable them to undertake epidemiological research, albeit under supervision.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Design and interpret epidemiological studies.
  • Comment on the advantages and disadvantages of the commonly used epidemiological approaches; the selection of a study design suitable for an issue at hand; the handling of error, bias and confounding; the imputation of causality; and appropriate approaches to data handling.

Syllabus

  • Defining a research question
  • Measuring and comparing disease occurrence
  • Choosing a study design
  • Populations and samples
  • Populations and diseases
  • Measurement error and validity
  • Longitudinal studies, bias, confounding and imputation of causality
  • Epidemiology in the context of health services research, policy and planning
  • Designing your own study
 

Teaching and learning methods

This course involves working through the course notes provided online, reading all references marked "required", looking at additional readings suggested where appropriate, using self-reflection to help you think about the ideas discussed, and participating in weekly discussion boards with fellow students and tutors. Participation in the discussion boards is not formally assessed; however, it is greatly encouraged, and generally those students who do participate get better marks.

 

Employability skills

Research
This unit is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to enable them to undertake epidemiological research including study design and populations, data collection and analysis and causal inference.

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Midterm assignment

1,200 words

30%

Final assignment

2,800 words

70%

 

Feedback methods

Students will be provided with personalised feedback for their mid-term and final summative assignments, within 15 working days for mid-term assignments and 20 working days for final submission.
 
Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during a course unit. 

Recommended reading

Basic epidemiology, 2nd ed. World Health Organization. Bonita, Ruth, Beaglehole, Robert, Kjellstro¿m, Tord & World Health Organization. Open Access http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/43541

 

Epidemiological studies, a practical guide, 2nd edition* (Required reading)
Silman AJ, Macfarlane A, ISBN: 0521009391, 2002, Cambridge

* Now available online at the University Library

 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jill Stocks Unit coordinator

Additional notes

For further information please watch this video from our Course Unit Leader: https://video.manchester.ac.uk/faculties/edfa2331ca0cd9a14d717cb1d233466f/499c9e7f-30ec-489f-9990-c3c5fb77759a/

If you have any questions about the content of this unit, please contact the course unit leader, Jill Stocks, via email on jill.stocks@manchester.ac.uk. If you have any other queries, please contact the PGT programme administrators via email on mph.admin@manchester.ac.uk

 

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