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HSH319 - Population Health: A Research Perspective

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Melissa Graham


HBS108 or HSH205



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week

All students: Learning resources are available online via CloudDeakin


This unit focuses on the common research methods used in population health reinforcing and building upon what students have gained from previous units such as HBS108 Health Information and Data and HSH205 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the principles and practices of research in public health and health promotion with a focus on current population health issues using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. The unit is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge and skills required to conduct research which addresses population health questions including the development and expression of research aims, questions and hypotheses; the application of appropriate research methods specific to research questions; and the different ways of collecting data in various research settings. Students will learn and apply practical skills in the conduct of population health research in areas such as sampling; the design and conduct of quantitative studies including questionnaire design and piloting; and conducting qualitative studies including interview and focus group discussions, transcription and analysis of qualitative data.


Assessment task 1a: Assignment (500 word equivalent) 15%

Assessment task 1b: Assignment (1500 word equivalent) 35%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (2000 word equivalent) 50%

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