SH7041 - Social Epidemiology (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Social Epidemiology|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module introduces the principles of epidemiology. It focuses on the factors that affect the health and illness of populations with special reference to the impact of social interactions and human activities on populations' health. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiological investigation together with applications of appropriate statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. The module also discusses current theoretical trends in social epidemiology and understanding of psychosocial, politico-economic and eco-social approaches in analysing determinants of health, wellbeing and disease.
The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of the multi-factorial nature of health and health care, as well as social determinants of health and wellbeing. This aim will be achieved through grasping the concepts and methods of epidemiology in general and social epidemiology in particular.
Introduction to epidemiology will focus on epidemiological trends, concepts, methods and tools for data collection. Main concepts of epidemiology will be reviewed (incidence, prevalence, surveillance, mortality, morbidity, life expectancy, disability, attribution risk, DALY, QUALY, YPLL). Examination of the case for social epidemiology will be addressed and examination of multi-factorial analysis of evidence will be discussed. Familiarisation with methods used in epidemiological studies and social epidemiology will also be discussed. The module will address issues related to health services; use of epidemiologic data for modelling and prognosis for evidence based policy making; project cycle and service delivery. Ethical and professional aspects in epidemiology, including the human right to health, also will be discussed. The understanding of social determinants of health and disease and current debates in Social epidemiology will be addressed. Methods used in social epidemiology (network, community based participatory, relevance; experimental-controlled community trials, propensity score matching, natural experiments and instrumental variable analysis, causal diagrams) will be studied.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is structured around weekly lectures and group-work exercises which provide an opportunity to discuss in more detail some of the theoretical and technical issues covered in lectures.
The approach to teaching is based on helping students to apply theory to practice and begin to integrate learning with real world scenarios. This approach to teaching aims to develop students’ ability to think critically and to produce solutions in accordance with the learning outcomes.
The above will be complemented by the student’s independent study. Students will be required to read, on a weekly basis, recommended chapters in the textbooks, or to access the web-sites and videos containing relevant educational.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Understand the concepts and methods of epidemiology.
2. Interpret and analyse epidemiological evidence.
3. Evaluate links between social environment and health.
4. Apply the evidence to policy and practice.
There will be two separate assessments for this module. The first assessment is a classroom test worth 50% of the overall module mark and will take place in week 8. The test will last one and half hours (e.g. the paper will consist of multiple choice and/or short answer questions to test students’ knowledge of epidemiological definitions and concepts).
The second exam (50% of the overall module mark) will take place in Week 14. It will be a seen case study analysis lasting an hour and half. The case study will be provided 24 hours before the exam via WebLearn. This will permit students to produce a more comprehensive analysis.
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