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CEPI5100: Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

This online unit that can be undertaken either face-to-face, fully online, or in intensive block mode, introduces the concept of clinical epidemiology and provides students with core skills in clinical epidemiology at an introductory level. The unit is aimed at clinician learners and as such some clinical experience is required. Topics covered include asking and answering clinical questions; basic and accessible literature searching techniques; study designs used in clinical epidemiological research; confounding and effect modification; sources of bias; interpretation of results including odds ratios, relative risks, confidence intervals and p values; applicability of results to individual patients; critical appraisal of clinical epidemiological research literature used to answer questions of therapy (RCTs and systematic reviews), harm, prognosis, diagnosis and screening; applicability of results to individual patients; and evidence-based use of health resources.


Academic unit Public Health
Unit code CEPI5100
Unit name Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Naomi Noguchi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Weekly tutorials
Students submit their answers to the tutorial questions.
10% Multiple weeks About 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Assignment 3
Written assessment
Due date: 29 May 2023 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Assignment 1
Written assessment
10% Week 06
Due date: 27 Mar 2023 at 23:59
400 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Assignment 2
Written assessment
15% Week 09
Due date: 24 Apr 2023 at 23:59
1300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Online task Weekly quiz
Online quizzes
15% Weekly To be added by the unit coordinator
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction & asking clinical questions Online class (12 hr) LO1
Week 02 Study Designs Online class (12 hr) LO2
Week 03 Measures of frequency & effect Online class (12 hr) LO3
Week 04 Random error and bias Online class (12 hr) LO4
Week 05 Intervention studies - randomised controlled trials (RCTs) Online class (12 hr) LO5
Week 06 Systematic reviews Online class (12 hr) LO5
Week 07 Prognosis and harms (observational studies) Online class (12 hr) LO5
Week 08 Diagnosis and screening Online class (12 hr) LO5 LO6
Week 09 Applying evidence to patients Online class (12 hr) LO7
Week 10 Evidence and use of health resources Online class (12 hr) LO8 LO9

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: Face-to-face students must complete 10 compulsory on-campus tutorials, plus online activities. Online students must complete 10 compulsory online tutorials or 2 intensive workshops, plus other online activities.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. search for answers to appropriately formulated clinical questions using freely available internet-based resources
  • LO2. describe the different study designs used in clinical epidemiology and their major strengths and weaknesses
  • LO3. calculate and interpret measures of frequency and effect used in clinical epidemiology, and be able to interpret p-values and confidence intervals
  • LO4. describe the impact of chance and bias on study results and how this can be reduced
  • LO5. (critically) appraise clinical epidemiological studies for risk of bias that are used to answer questions of intervention, prognosis, harm, or aetiology, and diagnostic accuracy
  • LO6. calculate and interpret measures of test performance
  • LO7. apply results of clinical epidemiological studies to individual patients
  • LO8. describe over-diagnosis and how it occurs
  • LO9. describe over-treatment and how it occurs.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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