1 x 2-hour lecture fortnightly
1 x 2-hour tutorial fortnightly
% = any matching topic, eg BIOL1% includes BIOL1101, BIOL1102 etc
1 Admission into MHID-Master of Health and International Development
1a Admission into GCPHCDC-Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care in Developing Countries
1b Admission into GCHP-Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion
1c Admission into GDPEHP-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health Practice
1d Admission into MPH%
1e Admission into DPH-Doctor of Public Health
1f Admission into MPHCC-Master of Public Health (Chronic Condition Management)
1g Admission into MPHHS-Master of Public Health (Health Services Management)
1h Admission into MPHPC-Master of Public Health (Primary Health Care)
1i Admission into MPHPH-Master of Public Health (Public Health)
1j Admission into MPHPR-Master of Public Health (Public Health Research)
1k Admission into MPHPN-Master of Public Health (Public Health Nutrition)
1l Admission into MMHNCW-Master of Mental Health Nursing (Coursework)
1m Admission into MPHEP-Master of Public Health (Public Health Epidemiology)
1n Admission into GDPRM/MNHS-Graduate Diploma in Research Methods
1o Admission into GCPH-Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PHCA8007, PHCA8503 has been successfully completed
Course context
This topic is available to students enrolled in other post graduate awards with the approval of the course coordinator MPH.
Topic description
This topic defines and discusses social epidemiology, and then introduces concepts and approaches related to: qualitative and quantitative research methods, causation, and study designs for epidemiology. A step-by-step account of how a research investigation maybe undertaken is also described. Approaches to undertaking a literature review are examined, which includes how to conduct a systematic search of relevant literatures. Students are expected to develop a research proposal for the final assignment.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to provide students with opportunities to enhance their ability to understand research methods for social epidemiology, in relation to an evidence-based care approach. Encouraging students to critically think about research is a main aim
Expected learning outcomes
To satisfy requirements of this topic, students must demonstrate a capacity to:

  • Describe quantitative/positivist and qualitative/constructionist methodological approaches and their methods

  • Describe major value bases and theoretical perspectives underpinning approaches to health research

  • Critically appraise and synthesise research literature

  • Develop a research question/hypothesis in an area of interest

  • Understand the principles of social epidemiology regarding design, and causation

  • Describe appropriate data collection and analysis approaches for answering health research questions.