This course aims to give students grounding in how to generate the necessary evidence to inform policy and action by using a variety of research techniques. It aims to present the range and value of quantitative, qualitative and combined methodological approaches in researching public health issues. The course traces the philosophical traditions in health related research, including the theoretical and methodological elements. Emphasis is laid on appropriate research methodologies and research tools for each methodological approach. Topics to be dealt with include theory and concepts in public health research, synthesizing the literature, formulating research questions, research designs (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods), ethical issues in public health research and how to report, present and disseminate research findings among others.
Prerequisites: PUB 6100, PUB 6200