Postgraduate taught 

Public Health MPH/PgDip/PgCert

Research Methods MED5082

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces the key principles of, and practical skills used in, public health research. The course explores the entire research process from identifying a topic of interest, through study design and methodology selection, to writing up and disseminating results.

Timetable

The course is delivered over 11 weekly class sessions of two hours duration each.

Requirements of Entry

None

Assessment

A 3000 word research proposal.

Course Aims

To introduce students to a range of data gathering techniques, methodologies and principles. To explore the strengths and weakness of different approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Formulate, conduct, and present a detailed search strategy.


Critically compare the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs.

Critically review a range of research approaches and methods in relation to public health practice.


Design a research proposal which is appropriate for public health practice.
 

 

Design a strategy for dissemination of research findings to appropriate audiences.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.