- Code POPH4315
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Nat Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Public Health
This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number for the relevant mode of delivery when enrolling.
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.
- Literature review (35) [LO 1,2,3]
- Research plan (55) [LO 4,5,6,7]
- Peer review (10) [LO 2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Online delivery: Approximately 130 hours of self-directed study which will include reading, listening/viewing the online lessons and materials, exercises and other assessment tasks.
- In person delivery: Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour lecture per week. Approximately 96 hours of self-directed study which will include listening/viewing online lessons, preparation for tutorials, and other assessment tasks.
No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Nat Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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