Module Catalogue

HSC8046 : Applied Epidemiology (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ruth Bell
  • Lecturer: Dr Fiona Pearson, Dr Colin Muirhead, Dr Jean Adams, Professor Heather Cordell, Dr Louise Hayes, Dr Balsam Ahmad, Professor Mark Pearce
  • Head of School: Dr Blossom Stephan
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To operationalise the student’s knowledge of epidemiology, including an understanding of health surveillance and needs assessment, to answer practical problems, and to develop an understanding of the routine data sources available which may be used for health service planning and research.

Outline Of Syllabus

Health Surveillance; Health Information; Demography; Information Policy and Strategy in the NHS;Data Protection and confidentiality; Disease Registers; Health Needs Assessment; Health Needs Assessment in Practice; Patient and Public involvement in Health Needs Assessment; Screening

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion191:0019:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1145:30145:30N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching and learning methods used, with the emphasis on practical activities in small groups and general interaction, were felt the most appropriate methods for a masters course with relatively small student numbers. Most of the students have significant experience of working in the health service, and the interactive nature of the learning methods enables them to discuss their experience and to relate that to the concepts and ideas being taught, thus aiding their knowledge and understanding of the subject area.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Data interpretation and knowledge and understanding will be assessed during the examination. The assignment will test the student’s ability to critically evaluate the influence of the different determinants on the trends, current rates and distribution of a particular chronic condition. Skills in accessing routine data, and in formulating and addressing health needs assessment problems will be formatively assessed by presentations of the students’ project work.

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