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Genetics and Public Health - PUBH5126

Year - 2020

This unit caters for practitioners, policy and decision-makers, students and researchers in public health, public policy, journalism, law, epidemiology, medicine, science, industry, ethics, philosophy, screening, communication and advocacy. It gives a basic introduction to concepts in genetics and genomics, and covers real-life examples of how genetics and genomics is used in health settings including genomic testing and screening for cancer, familial hypercholesterolemia, newborns, community settings, and in outbreak investigations. It covers epidemiological, psychosocial, legal, ethical, education and policy aspects of genomic testing, and genetic determinants of disease.

1 x 3 day workshop. There is also substantial pre-reading before the course (distributed to students 3-4 weeks before the course starts) and an online component with pre-recorded lectures (usually about 8 x 15min lectures).

3 x online quiz of 30 multiple-choice questions in total (15%), small-group assignment of 1500 words (25%), in-class group debate (10%), individual assignment of 2000 words (8 questions x 250 words/question, each requiring a targeted answer) (45%), peer-assessed teamwork (5%)

Assumed knowledge
Basic epidemiology. No previous knowledge of genetics is required.


Epidemiology Methods and Uses (PUBH5010)


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Intensive October

21 Sep 2020

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 09 Oct 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Anne Cust
HECS Band: 2
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