PUBH3305 Health Research Design and Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • 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) outline ethical and social issues relating to research; (2) demonstrate a knowledge of qualitative and quantitative study designs and research methods; (3) generate a research question and brief proposal; (4) demonstrate skills in online literature searching, referencing and citation of sources; and (5) write in a concise, clear, scientific style appropriate to health
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 Dani Barrington
Unit rules
PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Contact hours
workshop: 2.5 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.