This topic introduces and then builds on essential concepts of epidemiology by priming and consolidating student understandings of how to measure population health determinants and outcomes, interpreting health data and theories of causation. Subsequent learning will focus on epidemiological study designs and understanding for which types of research questions they might be appropriate. Students will learn about the strengths and limitations of each approach and when mixed approaches (including qualitative approaches) might be appropriate. Students will gain confidence in critical appraisal of the epidemiological literature and developing their own research questions and proposing a research design(s) to address these.
This topic aims to build foundational knowledge of epidemiological concepts and understanding of epidemiological research methods in order to prepare students to critically evaluate the epidemiological literature and develop capacity to design research to address specific public health research questions.