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HPER71-110: Evidence Based Practice and Policy


This subject is designed to support health professionals and those working in the health field to find, appraise, and apply evidence relevant to population, community and individual health needs. In this subject you will develop essential skills in evidence-based practice and policy, including framing relevant clinical questions and searching electronically to find studies to answer these questions.  You will then be able to critically appraise studies based on an understanding of research study designs; and applying the results of those studies to individuals, communities and populations. This includes a foundational understanding of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. These skills will enable you to independently evaluate the worth of newly proposed health policy and clinical management options.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,070

Learning outcomes

1. Formulate a clear question from a practice or health policy problem.
2. Design and apply the most appropriate search to answer the question.
3. Critically appraise relevant literature identifying strengths and weaknesses, with an emphasis on controlled trials and systematic reviews.
4. Interpret quantitative statistical methods used in clinical research.
5. Apply valid and relevant conclusions from the literature to develop recommendations for practice and or health policy.
6. Communicate findings in an appropriate way for the target audience.

Enrolment requirements

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  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020