DENT5629 Research Methods in Dental Public and Primary Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit focuses on issues in planning and conducting research in dental public health, issues and techniques in the management of information in dental public research and surveillance and monitoring as a key public function. The topics covered are observational, analytical and interventional studies in dentistry and the evidence hierarchy; qualitative research methods and dental research; sampling and sources of data issues in dental research; measurement and data analysis in dental research; the rationale, principles and evaluation of surveillance and monitoring; and dental research in its broader societal and scientific context (research ethics, systematic evaluation of literature, health services research and self-reported measures of health).
Students are able to (1) understand the principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods; (2) identify the issues and techniques in the management of information in dental public health research including sampling, sources of data, measurement and data analysis; (3) understand the concepts of surveillance and monitoring as key public health functions; (4) understand the context of dental epidemiological research including research ethics, systematic evaluation of the literature, health services research, issues in using self-report measures of health; and (5) know the guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written assignment; (2) a tutorial presentation; and (3) a quiz. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
enrolment in postgraduate degrees in dental primary and public health, public health, health science,
with approval from the unit coordinator
Approved quota: 15—on first come, first served basis, if course entry requirements are met
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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