The topic is divided into two main components. First, the topic provides an introduction to quantitative methods commonly used in social health research with a focus on descriptive design eg., observational studies and the logic of quantitative methods in support of mixed methods. The second component provides an introduction to hypothesis testing, descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Together the components provide the basis for understanding evidence-based medicine and health care. The focus is on student capacity to provide critical and theoretical explanations for research findings, drawing on both sociological and psychological theories of health and illness with specific relevance to the social determinants of health and to appreciate the issues of research with vulnerable groups and sensitive issues.