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MPH2013 - Research methods

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr A Wluka


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2008 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


  • Introduction to research methods - quantitative and qualitative research. Defining the research question - hypotheses, types of study designs.
  • Quantitative methods. What is your main outcome? Questionnaire design - construction, validity, reliability, variables).
  • Study populations - defining the population, sampling/recruitment strategies.
  • Sample size requirements, and Planning the analysis of the data, grant applications.
  • How to critique a research proposal.
  • From data to database.
  • How to write the sample size calculation and data analysis section of your grant.
  • Writing a budget for your grant.
  • Ethics and the research grant.


On completion of this unit it is expected that students will:

  1. Have acquired an understanding of research methods in public health;
  2. Be able to design, develop and present a collaborative research protocol;
  3. To understand how information goes from an interview, onto a questionnaire, into the computer and into a scientific paper.


Group Assignment 40%
Written critique 60%.

Contact hours

15 contact hours over 2 days


Recommended: MPH1040 and MPH1041 or MPH1030 and MPH1031

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