This topic will focus on the practical skills and knowledge required for epidemiological practice in public health settings today. From developing an understanding of epidemiological measures that are relevant to public health, the topic will guide students through the implementation of these measures by applying them to publicly available population data. Students will develop and/or extend their skills in locating and interpreting epidemiological information on a range of public health issues. As the ability to communicate findings to both lay and professional audiences is a crucial skill for public health practice, preparing technical reports will also be a focus of this topic. Particular learning areas will include population health status - measures of morbidity and mortality; communicable diseases - surveillance and screening; and evaluation - study design and understanding systematic reviews. Throughout the topic, real life examples of epidemiological practice will also be presented by a range of public health experts.
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