School of Population and Global Health

Epidemiology II / Advanced Epidemiology

Key information

Teaching Dates: 26 - 30 June 2017.

Code: PUBH5759

Teaching Period: Y3

Value: 6 Points


  • Student: $2887.50
  • Professional development without assessment: $2887.50
  • Professional development with assessment (for unit credit): Enrolment must be completed through AccessUWA
  • Please note that these are domestic fees only
  • International students: please contact the UWA International Office for correct fees at
  • All fees are GST free

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations from professional development colleagues will receive a refund (minus 5% administrative fee) prior to the start of the unit.
  • Cancellations after this date may incur a 50% penalty. All cancellations must be submitted via email

Census date and withdrawal without academic penalty date

  • For enrolled students and professional development colleagues doing the unit with assessment:
    the Census Date and the date for Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty is midday on the Tuesday of the teaching week of the unit.

Unit co-ordinator


Presented by Professor Jane Heyworth, this intensive five-day unit broadens and extends understanding of the methodological concepts underpinning the science of epidemiology.     

Unit outline

This five-day unit will address the development of modern epidemiological thought and explore its supposed precepts through the lenses of history and critical philosophy. 

The evolution (and revolution) of epidemiologic ideas, from early concepts to paradigms of the 'modern epidemiology' movement of the 1970s and 1980s; and extension to present day will be explored. 

The seminal contributions associated with names like Hume, Farr, Snow, Hill, Cornfield, Mantel, Haenzsel, Elandt-Johnson, Miettinen, Rothman, Morgenstern, Maclure, Suissa, Geeenland and other groundbreakers and mythbusters of the field will be outlined on a canvas that depicts how the still-youthful and dynamic discipline of epidemiology has developed historically and continues to evolve today.

Building upon these theoretical concepts, the practical application of advanced modern epidemiological principles to current issues in epidemiology will also be presented, with particular emphasis on outcome and exposure assessment, selection bias, gene-environment interactions, causal diagrams and integration of data across studies. 

This five-day unit will consist of a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials, practical demonstrations, discussion and ‘hands-on’ experience in research proposal development.

In preparation for the teaching week, there will be on-line activities to complete prior to the intensive week of teaching. Please look out for announcements from this unit from about 6 weeks prior to the teaching week.

Who should attend?

This advanced-level course assumes familiarity with the basic epidemiologic lexicon and a level of understanding of principles and methods commensurate with successful completion of introductory to intermediate epidemiology units taught at the postgraduate level. 

It is suited to current Masters level students or persons currently working or undertaking doctoral research in related areas and who wish to deepen their understanding of epidemiology.


UWA Postgraduate students

Enrol through studentConnect for credit towards your degree.

Students from other institutions

You can apply for cross-institutional enrolment using this form (PDF:153 kb) from the UWA Student Admin site.

Please note that these are domestic fees only 

International students: please contact the UWA International Office for correct fees at

Professional development colleagues

You may choose to participate with or without assessment. If the assessment is successfully completed, you may have your unit credited towards most School of Population Health courses undertaken within five years.

For participation without assessment, please please register and pay on-line through our shopping card facility (credit card payments only). E-mail if you wish to be invoiced.

For participation with assessment, for unit credit, enrolment must be completed through Short courses.


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