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.


A/Prof Kevin McGeechan, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

A/Prof Kevin McGeechan University of Sydney, Sydney School of Public Health Semester 1
General outline


Mathematical Background 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 For details, including ISBN, see the BCA Textbook and Software Guide

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.

Special Computer Requirements

Course notes, assignment material and interaction facilities available online