HIP202 Evidence-Based Health Practice and Research (8)

In this subject, students will develop a strong foundational understanding of evidence-based practice (EBP), including its underpinning principles, steps, and processes. Students will develop skills in translating real-world situations of uncertainty into well formulated questions, and develop an appreciation of diverse evidence sources. Students will learn to find and critically appraise research evidence, as relevant, and to judiciously and collaboratively incorporate that evidence into their professional decision-making. Students will also learn the importance of critically reflecting on their EBP processes and the outcomes. Emphasis will be given to the interconnections between high quality EBP and culturally competent care, particularly in relation to Indigenous Australian cultural competency. Overall, this subject will prepare students for life-long learning as research literate, client-centred, and critically reflective health professionals.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HIP202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe principles, steps, and processes involved in high quality evidence-based health practice;
  • be able to explain the value of a diversity of evidence sources in evidence-based practice, including cultural knowledge;
  • be able to recognise health practice questions that research evidence can inform, and identify the broad types of research that can address different question types;
  • be able to explain the importance of culturally appropriate research approaches with Indigenous Australian peoples with reference to the harms historically caused by unethical research;
  • be able to formulate questions relevant to particular healthcare scenarios and, as relevant, plan and execute effective literature search strategies;
  • be able to describe the value and limitations of research publication types and specific research designs in informing healthcare practice;
  • be able to appraise the relevance of research findings to particular healthcare scenarios;
  • be able to understand basic methodological and statistical concepts involved in a range of research types, and use this understanding to critically appraise the validity of health-practice relevant findings;
  • be able to explain the importance of communication, professional reasoning, and critical reflection in evidence-based health practice; and
  • be able to discuss interrelationships between high quality evidence-based practice and culturally competent practice, including in the context of healthcare with Indigenous Australian people.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • ASK: Types of uncertainty in healthcare practice; Types of 'evidence' in EBP; The risk of bias when judging the credibility of marginalised knowledge; Formulating questions to address situations of uncertainty in healthcare practice; Types of health practice questions research evidence can address; Types of research approaches and designs, including the importance of culturally appropriate research; Types of research publications.
  • ACQUIRE: Where appropriate, constructing search strategies and searching for relevant research evidence; The role of health librarians; Appraising scenario-specific relevance.
  • APPRAISE: Key methodological concepts in quantitative and qualitative research, including commonly reported statistical concepts; Appraising the validity of conclusions and recommendations in intervention, diagnostic, prognostic, and qualitative research, and in secondary reviews and clinical guidelines.
  • APPLY: Communication and clinical reasoning in EBP for ensuring client-centred, culturally competent, and context sensitive decision-making.
  • ASSESS: The nature and importance of critical reflection in EBP.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HIP202 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Ask & acquire examples (forum contributions)
Research literacy quizzes (online tests)
Communication, cultural competence, & ebp
Appraisal of practice-relevant research (e-exam)

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.