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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Public Health Research
    Subject Public Health
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,016.55
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    HEAL 211 or PUBH 211
    HASC 411, HEAL 311
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor John Dockerty
    Professor Sarah Derrett

    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.

    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 students 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 their own research and that of others
    • Demonstrate an ability to communicate their research clearly


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-22
    Wednesday 10:00-12:50 13
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