PUBH202 - Public Health Research Methods

10 cp
Prerequisites:
PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health, PUBH102 Foundations of Health Promotion, (Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Business Administration, Nil pre-requisites)
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning

This unit presents an overview of public health research methods to ensure students are able to build an evidence-based argument to support public health practice. This unit is necessary for acquiring essential knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Contemporary examples of the use and misuse of public health research from the lay and professional media will be used as a guide for development of skills in evidence based practice. Content will focus on both quantitative and qualitative approaches to public health research, public health ethics; the development of answerable research questions, sources of primary data and qualitative and quantitative data analysis and presentation. Students will be asked to design a plan for research in a major public health problem that integrates needs assessment, data set analyses, and program evaluation. Students will also learn about specific and culturally appropriate approaches to research towards the enhancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being. The aim of this unit is to enable students to conduct research independently and to critically appraise methodological aspects of existing research.