This introductory subject will deepen your appreciation of the importance of applied health research and introduce you to the steps involved in designing, conducting, and reporting on a research study. Topics include the epistemological underpinnings and technical differences and similarities between qualitative and quantitative approaches to research; the types of question that each of these approaches can help to answer; and specific sampling, recruitment, data collection, and data analysis methods employed in quantitative and qualitative studies. The overarching theme in this subject is the importance of ensuring that the research question that drives any study is (a) worth answering and (b) kept central in all methodological decisions. Students are encouraged to view the published work of other researchers appreciatively but critically, and to consider ways in which they might contribute useful knowledge to their respective fields of practice through question-driven research of their own.
School of Community Health
HLT506 this HLT505 leads onto HLT506
BMS500, PHM500, PHM508
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