Research Methods for Public Health
Learn why evidence forms the backbone of public health. Discover strategies for communicating research to policy makers so that you can see your ideas take flight. Consider how policies are developed through evidence. Create interventions.
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By the end of this 10-week course, you’ll be able to:
- Describe the principles, philosophies and processes which underpin evidence-based practice and its importance in public health.
- Explain key principles of quantitative and qualitative research paradigms, designs, methodologies and methods
- Apply evidence-based practice principles using established frameworks and tools to commonly encountered public health issues.
- Evaluate research evidence, derived from relevant public health issues, using established tools.
- Explain how evidence can be effectively translated into practice and policy for public health.
- The scientific foundations for research
- Methods in public health research
- Critically appraising research evidence
- Basic statistics to summarise and analyse health data
- Qualitative research methods
- Qualitative research data collection and analysis
- Communicating evidence in public health
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
No additional requirements
Build upon your public health knowledge and learn about the six key areas in public health practice. Investigate different types of primary and secondary evidence.
Explore key stages in the cycle of research in public health. Understand the importance of evidence, why it’s important in public health, and why research is needed to inform public health projects.
Learn the different strategies to communicate research to policy makers, program developers and the general public. Explore how research evidence influences the development of policy around public servants, and to create intervention programs that will improve public health.
Gain skills in using scientific methods to evaluate evidence – a fundamental skill for a person working in public health. This skill ensures that public health decisions are made based on evidence and not personal bias.
UniSA Online’s 10-week short courses give you the flexibility to upskill in a certain area, stay current with developments in your field, diversify your knowledge, or even explore a new direction in your career – without having to commit to the time and cost of a full university degree.
Delivered 100% online, you’ll be able to study where and when it suits you. Access online academic and student support seven days a week, fit study around work and life commitments, view learning resources 24/7, and log in to the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.
This is a first-year course from UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Public Health degree.
- Communication Plan (40%)
- Portfolio (60%)
Current study term: 19 Sep 21 to 26 Nov 21
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