2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Epidemiology (Dean's Scholar) | 2017


The major in Epidemiology is an ideal first degree for those interested in a career that enhances the health of the community, with core areas of study including understanding the health of populations; skills in obtaining, reviewing and analysing health information; planning and managing a health program or project; and health promotion.

Epidemiology is an important area of public health, in which the causes and determinants of disease are investigated. Graduates are sought after in health data management systems, research and health related services to help describe, analyse and use health and disease data to identify health problems and provide information to plan health strategies. Job opportunities include research officer, health service provider data management officer, and project workers in public and private health services.

Subjects Required For Major

To qualify for award of the major Epidemiology, Dean's Scholar students must complete a total of at least 144 credit points as specified in the table below.  No more than 60 credit points in total may be taken at 100 level.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
MEDI110 Human Growth Nutrition and Exercise 6 Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
PSYC121 Foundations of Psychology A 6 Autumn
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
STAT251 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 6 Spring
Plus one 6 credit point elective subject*
Year 2
HAS 230 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Autumn
HAS 231 Health Promotion 6 Autumn
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
Plus one 6 credit point elective subject at 200 or 300 level*
HAS 251 Introduction to Epidemiology 6 Spring
PSYC354 Design and Analysis 8 Spring
HAS 233 Leadership, Scholarship and Social Change 6 Spring
Plus one 6 credit point elective subject at 200 or 300 level*
Year 3
HAS 349 Research Skills in Public Health 6 Autumn
Plus 16 credit points of elective subjects at 200 or 300 level*
HAS 347 Social Sciences Project** 6 Spring
HAS 351 Health Promotion Competencies 6 Spring
ECON318 Economics of Health and Human Resources 6 Spring
Plus one 6 credit point elective subject at 200 or 300 level*

* Elective subjects may be chosen from the General Schedule. Subjects from the Sciences or Social Sciences are recommended for this degree.

** High achieving students interested in undertaking a limited international work placement of three to four weeks in a public health related field during either the Summer or Winter recess periods have the option to complete HAS 335 in place of HAS 347. To be eligible to undertake HAS 335 students must have a minimum credit grade in all core 200 level subjects.  Students who wish to be eligible to apply for an OS-Help loan should undertake HAS 335 in Autumn session of the final year of the degree. 

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2016