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Postgraduate | MUR-SHP632-2023

Applied Health Research Methods: From Research to Practice

Learn how to tackle health-related problems. Gain the confidence to recommend improvements to practice. Weigh-up the pros and cons of methodological approaches. Show your newfound knowledge by developing your own research proposal.

Study method

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree


15 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 31 July 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

On successful completion of the subject you will be able to:

  1. communicate the importance of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement in relation to the current and future practice of health professionals.
  2. review and critique a range of peer reviewed literature on a subject related to your area of practice.
  3. compare and contrast the major approaches used in qualitative and quantitative research and discuss the utility of these approaches.
  4. identify, examine and evaluate appropriate research methods for the investigation of particular research questions and their applicability in health research.
  5. establish the ethical implications of, and processes in, undertaking human research including the protection of vulnerable participants in health research.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • This unit provides an introduction to the conduct and application of health-related research. Students will develop an understanding of the broad range of methods used to research health, illness and the delivery of services in health care settings. Particular emphasis is placed on the interpretation and application of research to enable students to appraise and implement evidence-based care, participate in research teams and become beginning practitioners in the design of their own health research.

    Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more:

  • The assessment component of this subject includes a Literature Review (50%) and an Essay(50%). These assessments allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation skills and application of theoretical concepts learned within the modules. Written feedback in addition to marking rubrics are provided for the written assessments to facilitate student learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes.

    • Structured Literature Review (50%)
    • Quiz/Test - Online Exam (50%)
  • For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MUR-HCM-MAS-2023 - Master of Health Care Management


Enrolment in a graduate degree.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Master of Health Care Management