Health Indicators and Health Surveys (HIS)

On completion of this unit students should be able to derive and compare population measures of mortality, illness, fertility and survival, be aware of the main sources of routinely collected health data and their advantages and disadvantages, and be able to collect primary data by a well-designed survey and analyse and interpret it appropriately.

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Dr Kylie-Ann Mallitt University of Sydney, Sydney School of Public Health, Biostatistics Group and Centre for Kidney Research (Westmead) Faculty of Medicine and Health Semester 1
General outline


Mathematical Foundations for Biostatistics

Time commitment

8-12 hours total study time per week

Semester availability

Semester 1


Assignments 100% (4 written assignments worth 25% each)

Prescribed Texts

Paul S. Levy, Stanley Lemeshow. Sampling of Populations: Methods and Applications. 4th edition. Wiley Interscience 2008

Special Computer Requirements

Stata or R statistical software, and Microsoft Excel


Routinely collected health-related data; quantitative methods in demography, including standardisation and life tables; health differentials; design and analysis of population health surveys including the roles of stratification, clustering and weighting.


Course notes, online mini-lecture videos, online tutorials, discussion board


* Co-requisites may be taken before or concurrently.

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