HSH319 - Population Health: a Research Perspective
|Prerequisite:||HSH205 and HSH216|
Note:Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.
ContentThis unit focuses on the common research methods used in population health practice and research settings. Reinforcing what students have gained from previous units such as HSH205, Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1, the unit introduces quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods topics using examples from current population health issues such as obesity and its determinants and appropriate preventive interventions. The unit covers common observational and experimental research designs and the common qualitative designs. It provides students with skills in the critical appraisal of published research, focusing on the assessment of validity. In addition, students gain practical skills in developing research questions and linking these to appropriate study designs. In addition, it provides students with the opportunity to develop practical skills in various data collection methods.
AssessmentAssignment 1 50%, assignment 2 50%
Prescribed textsIntroduction to Research in the Health Sciences. Polgar, S. and Thomas, S. 5th edn Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh 2008
Baum, F. “Deconstructing the qualitative-quantitative divide in health research.” Keynote address at Methodological Issues Qualitative Health Research conference, Friday 27th November, 1992. Deakin University, Geelong.
Harden, A. Chapter 4. ”Finding research Evidence: systematic searching: In Oliver, S. and Peersman, G. (Eds) Using Research for Effective Health Promotion. Open University Press Philadelphia 2002.
Nutbeam D. (1998) Evaluating health promotion – progress, problems and solutions. Health Promotion International, 13 (1): 27-44.