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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Public Health major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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) quantitative research proposal; (2) qualitative research assignment; and (3) group research instrument design. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Linda Slack-Smith
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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.