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PUBH311 Public Health Research

Principles of quantitative and qualitative research design. Deepens students' understanding of what public health research is, how to critically engage with it and how it informs public health action.

This paper introduces the principles of research design and implementation in public health. The paper aims to equip you with the skills to propose your own quantitative and qualitative research. It also aims to improve your skills at evaluating research, with the goal of providing a foundation in both undertaking and using public health research in your future studies or work.

Paper title Public Health Research
Paper code PUBH311
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $988.95
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HEAL 211 or PUBH 211
HASC 411, HEAL 311
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

Teaching staff

Associate Professor John Dockerty
Dr Richard Egan

Paper Structure
This paper is divided into two main sections covering quantitative and qualitative research in public health.
Teaching Arrangements
PUBH 311 is taught in two 2-hour classes each week. These classes are a mixture of lectures, workshops and tutorials and are highly interactive.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

All readings will be provided electronically or as part of the course book.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

The intended learning outcomes for this paper are both knowledge oriented and skill oriented and relate to the paper's goals. At the end of this paper you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of research design and methodology specific to answering different types of research questions
  • Distinguish between different methods of implementing research and justify the use of particular methods in different research situations
  • Identify ethical and cultural issues related to research
  • Demonstrate critical reflection on your own research and that of others
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate your research clearly

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22