- Code POPH8315
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Public Health
This course is offered in online mode only.
The Research Design and Methods course teaches relevant theories, concepts, tools and techniques in epidemiology to equip students with the knowledge and skills to undertake an applied epidemiological research study. The focus is on turning a research question into a study that is appropriate to the setting and will answer the research question. Students apply skills learnt by developing their own research proposal on a topic of their choosing. Teaching will be through case studies, lectures and small group tutorials.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Develop and apply a systematic approach to search the peer-reviewed and grey literature relevant to a public health problem, and to record the references appropriately.
- Interpret, summarise and synthesise the literature on the public health problem/event of interest.
- Use the results of the literature search to clarify the rationale of the study and to formulate explicit study objectives and/ or research questions.
- Describe suitable study designs and methods, and their advantage and disadvantages for investigating public health problems.
- Propose practical methods to reduce chance, bias and confounding in an applied epidemiological study.
- Develop a feasible research plan including logistics and timelines, roles and responsibilities of team members, and anticipated challenges/risks in conducting the study.
- Effectively communicate research methods and results to a scientific audience, and prepare lay communities and potential participants to participate in a research study.
Other InformationStudents enrolled in this course are required to have completed an undergraduate degree and Masters level courses on Epidemiology and/or Biostatistics from a recognised School of Public Health (either in Australia or internationally), or completion of Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Fundamentals of Biostatistics short courses held at the ANU. Students wishing to do these subjects, but do not have these prerequisites should contact the convener.
- Literature review (35) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research plan (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Peer review (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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The course is delivered as a flipped classroom.
The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Weekly online lectures and tutorials (2-3 hours per week face-to-face component).
- Self study which will include preparation for assignments.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions based on the lectures via the online discussion forum and in the tutorials.
Face-to-face students will attend tutorials during which they can discuss their project proposals. Online students will receive the same level of support via email and online mechanisms.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- 6 units
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