SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB723663
Module Leader Abdul-Razak Abubakari
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to encourage and enable students to undertake activities that will further develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of epidemiological approaches and their application to public health practice. It particularly aims to develop a practical understanding of how the techniques used to undertake epidemiological studies can be used to gather and interpret knowledge which can support the planning and implementation of new social action initiatives and evaluate existing activities.


-720 - Sources of epidemiological data - Risk and measures of health and disease - Types of epidemiological studies: e.g. descriptive studies, case control studies , cohort studies and intervention studies - Chance , bias and confounding - Screening - Surveillance - Social action and epidemiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:- Critically analyse and evaluate the application of the principles of epidemiology in the context of public health and social action - Critically analyse, compare and evaluate a range of epidemiologic study designs and their appropriate application to public health practice- Critically appraise, analyse and evaluate the role of chance, bias and confounding in current literature where epidemiological data are significant- Assess, quantify and compare the risk of health related outcomes in populations and population subgroups- Determine key principles underpinning population-based prevention of ill health including scientific and ethical considerations for population-based disease screening.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is delivered online via GCU learn or classroom based. Students may elect to study the module EITHER online OR on campus, but may not transfer between both. Academic components will be delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, directed and self directed study. This combination will depend on whether the module is being delivered on site at GCU face to face, blended at GCU or a venue other than GCU e.g. contractual international agreement or being delivered completely online. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies are to meet the educational needs of experienced professionals. Students will be encouraged to work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for their own learning, personal development and practice competence.

Indicative Reading

Barton B & Peat J (2014) Medical Statistics: A Guide to SPSS, Data Analysis and Critical Appraisal (2nd edition) ??? Wiley-Blackwell Berkman, L.F. and Kawachi, I. (2000). Social Epidemiology. New York: Oxford University Press. Bhopal, R. (2008) Concepts of Epidemiology: An integrated introduction to the ideas, theories, principles and methods of epidemiology.(2nd edition) Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Coles L., Porter E. (2008) Public Health Skills: A practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Coggan,D., Rose, G., Barker, D. (2003) Epidemiology for the uninitiated. 5th ed. BMJ Publishing Group Donaldson L.J. & Scally L. (2009) Donaldson's' Essential Public Health (3rd revised edition). Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. Dos-Santos-Silva, I (1999) Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods. World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer. Lyon, France: IARC. Earle, S Lloyd, CE Sidell, M and Spurr, S (2007). Theory and research in promoting promoting Public Health. London: SAGE Publications Gray M. (2009), Evidence-based health care and public health: how to make decisions about health services and public health, Churchill Livingstone. Greenhalgh, T. (2010) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (4th edition). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. Hebel, J.R. & McCarter, R.J. (2012) A study guide to Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seventh Edition. Washington: Jones and Barlett Learning. Oakes, J.M. and Kaufman, J.S. (2006) Methods in Social Epidemiology. San Francisco: Wiley and Sons. Orme, J., Taylor, P., Harrison, T., Grey, M. (2007) Public Health for the 21st Century. (2nd edition): Berkshire: Open University Press. Porta, M (2008) Editor A dictionary of epidemiology fifth edition Oxford: Oxford University Press Rothman K.J., Greenland S. & Lash T.L. (2008) Modern Epidemiology (3rd edition) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Scriven A, Garman S (2007) Public Health: social context and action. Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Webb P & Bain C (2010) Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals (2nd edition).Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Wilson F & Mabhala M (2008) Key Concepts in Public Health. London: Sage. Wood M (2014) Epidemiology: Study Design and Data Analysis (3rd edition) London CRC press (Taylor & Francis group) Useful URLs: AFTERnow: <> Association of Public Health Observatories: <> Department of Health: <> Glasgow Centre for Population Health: <> ISD Scotland: <> NHS Health Scotland: <> National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: <> PHORCaST: <> Scottish Community Development Centre: <> Scottish Government: <> Scottish Public Health Observatory: <> Skills for Health: <> UK Faculty of Public Health: <> World Health Organisation (WHO): <>

Transferrable Skills

It is anticipated that as students progress through this module, they will develop the following transferable skills: -720 - Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence -720 - Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning - Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms - Work effectively with others - Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice - Develop enhanced awareness of connections between knowledge, skills and values in relation to self and others.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FDL) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 9.00
Seminars (FDL) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Directed Learning (FDL) 45.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 60.00
Lectures (FDL) 9.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Directed Learning (FT) 45.00
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 3000 word essay