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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Health research: an introduction to qualitative and quantitative paradigms and ethical considerations
    • Research design and methodologies
    • Strengths and limitations in research
    • Qualitative data collection
    • Quantitative data collection
    • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
    • Evaluation
    • Doing health research in a developing country: ethical and practical considerations

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. critically appraise the design, applicability and utility of research studies in health research
  2. assess factors affecting credibility of data and explain the limitations of research paradigms
  3. critically appraise research design for the intended respondents
  4. identify and apply ethical and practical considerations in conducting health research
  5. recommend and justify the most appropriate research approach to evaluate a health problem.
  • Assignment 1 - Written review (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Written analysis (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Research and Evaluation in International Health.

This subject covers the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative research processes and the complementary use of these methods in applied health research and evaluation practices. Various qualitative and quantitative research methods and issues that contribute to credible evidence will be discussed. Ethical considerations of conducting research in a variety of health settings.

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