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Public Health and Epidemiology

This unit, VET656 Public Health and Epidemiology, introduces students to the skills of applying epidemiological principles.

This program is part of the Health Administration, Policy and Leadership, One Health, and All Murdoch Programs degrees offered by Murdoch University

Public Health and Epidemiology

This unit provides students with a firm foundation in theoretical and practical questions implicated in the study of public health. Population health approaches to public health challenges, in local and global context, will be examined. The unit introduces students to the skills of applying epidemiological principles to public health and clinical practice. This includes undertaking scientific assessment of the health literature, with a strong emphasis on critical appraisal of health data analysis.


4 courses

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Who will you learn with?

I am a veterinary epidemiologist, with a goal to provide food for a growing population whilst living within our planetary boundaries. My work is in the human-animal-planetary health nexus.

Learning outcomes

This program on Public Health and Epidemiology has been designed to provide learners with a firm foundation in theoretical and practical questions implicated in the study of public health.

On successful completion of the program learners should be able to:

  • Describe the concept of health and its determinants, and discuss the relevance of these for contemporary public health policy.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the range of factors that influence public health.
  • Design an epidemiological study to address a public health problem.
  • Identify and calculate measures used to quantify the link between health exposures and disease outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of prevention and screening and be able to calculate diagnostic test characteristics.
  • Characterise potential sources of data error and be able to critically evaluate and interpret epidemiological data, including results of observational studies.

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