School Of Health Sciences

Healthcare Data for Decision-MakingWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401365.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Competent use of Microsoft Excel, and high school mathematics (arithmetic, formulas and algebra, reading graphs).

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate course.

About this Unit
Most professions in the health sciences need to read and interpret data relating to individual health status, interpret health risks in communities, and engage in the evaluation of interventions, or impact of health policies or programs. Many public health practitioners are actively involved in surveillance, quantitative research and/or evaluation. This unit provides an opportunity to learn about making health service decisions using appropriate data. Students learn how to explore and use data that are assembled to replicate real patient data to both generate and answer questions. The focus may be managerial or clinical, or an integration of these. Students analyse the assembled patient dataset to generate and interpret health statistics, and translate them into health information and knowledge for decision-making. Students completing this subject develop the ability to explore health data and provide recommendations based on the findings.

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