PUBH3305 Health Research Design and Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides an overview of both quantitative and qualitative methodology used in health research. It covers a wide range of practical issues regarding successful conduct of a health research study. This includes elements such as identifying appropriate research questions, reviewing and critiquing the scientific literature, developing appropriate research teams, identifying and critiquing data measurement instruments and generating data collection tools as well as discussing sound sampling and data collection approaches. Ethical considerations, health consumer participation and stakeholder liaison with health research are also highlighted. High quality research data, both quantitative and qualitative are essential for decision making in public health, and the unit through its dual focus is designed to provide students with necessary skills in health research.
Students are able to (1) identify appropriate questions to be considered in a research project; (2) systematically review the literature on a health research topic; (3) appraise and outline the main steps in the research process; (4) identify and describe the strengths and limitations of different research approaches; (5) write in a concise, clear, scientific style appropriate to health research; (6) describe and discuss qualitative research approaches and analyses; (7) discuss issues relating to sampling for health research; (8) understand sound methodological approaches to health research including design and data collection strategies; (9) identify valid data collection instruments, evaluate their suitability and generate an appropriate assessment tool; (10) discuss the role of consumer and stakeholder consultation and participation in health research; and (11) discuss principles of ethical human research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) qualitative assessment; and (3) survey design. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Karen Martin
Unit rules
PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Contact hours
workshop: 2.5 hours per week
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