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# Module Code - Title:

HS3704 - EPIDEMIOLOGY

2013/4

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# Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To provide students with an overview of the role of statistics and epidemiology in safety and health. To familiarise students into descriptive and inferential statistics. To provide an understanding of questionnaire and form. To familiarise students with databases and the research methods used to assemble and demonstrate data in a meaningful form.

# Syllabus:

Descriptive and Inferential Statistics: means, medians and modes; standard deviations and percentiles: The normal distribution. Epidemiological criteria for association. Event rates and measures of risk prevalence and incidence; standardisation (SMR's). Accident measures - frequency, incident, severity rates. Statistical inference; statistical significance testing; confidence intervals. Questionnaire and form design: measurement error, data accuracy and validity. Data Sources: notifiable diseases. Accident monitoring and reporting. Computers: Description of database/analysis software and specialised databases.

# Learning Outcomes:

## Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Design and implement a research project for a health and safety purpose, paying special attention to the ethical considerations involved.

## Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Demonstrate proficiency in the role of epidemiology in occupational health and safety and in particular demonstrate an awareness of the role of the health and safety officer in a situation where an outbreak of disease occurs. Differentiate between the

## Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Calculate morbidity and mortality rates Execute formal statistical tests to make inferences based on sample data from one and two populations. Compile a report using graphical and numerical descriptive statistics and make inferences based on these d

Normal lectures

# Prime Texts:

Mendenhall, W,Beaver,and Beaver () Introduction to probality and Statistics , Thomson,Brooks /Cole
Bell,J (2005) Doing your Research Project , Open University Press

Spring - 09/10