6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Introduction to a variety of health-related data collection sources, calculation of population fertility, mortality & morbidity rates, health service utilisation measures, disease registration & reporting. Use of direct & indirect age standardisation, life expectancy calculations, valid comparisons & health differentials. Development, design & delivery of health questionnaires. Use of focus groups, standard instruments for health surveys, coding, validity, reliability of measures & models of data collection. Efficient sampling strategies, data interpretation & analysis including stratification, clustering & weighting.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Derive and compare population measures of mortality, illness, fertility and survival, using basic demographic tools such as life tables and age standardisation.
- Access the main sources of routinely collected health data and choose the appropriate one, taking into account their advantages and disadvantages.
- Design a valid and reliable health survey to collect primary data, design an efficient sampling strategy to obtain random sample of the target population, and choose the most appropriate mode of delivery.
- Analyse, interpret and present the results of survey data, taking the sampling strategy into account.
Written assignments (100%)
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters of Biostatistics.