Public Health Research
Examine aspects of research in public health including priority setting, literature reviewing, planning and designing research, public health data, and engaging policy, practice, and the public to ensure research has an impact.
Public health draws on a science base this is multidisciplinary, relying on knowledge from diverse fields such as medicine, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, criminology, education and economics.
In this module, you will develop your confidence in understanding, interpreting and communicating public health research findings, and in thinking critically about the impact of those findings.
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent in any subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
By the completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- LO1: Explain public health research to non-specialised audiences
- LO2: Describe and critically evaluate the potential uses and value of public health research
- LO3: Critically compare the methods commonly used in public health research and their suitability to respond to different public health issues
- LO4: Discuss and critically evaluate the ethical issues facing public health research
- LO5: Critically appraise the ‘impact agenda’ in research and its potential influence on how public health research is done
Structure and content
The module is delivered online so you can study at times which suit you. No campus attendance is required. There are real-time online teaching sessions but these are optional and recorded so can
In this module, you will learn about the importance of research in public health; what good quality public health research looks like; and the variety of research that is conducted to inform public
- Public health research priorities
- Literature reviews/evidence syntheses
- Appraisal tools for evaluating public health research
- Key stages in the planning and design of public health research
- Managing ethical research
- Data for public health research
- From research to impact
Delivery and assessment
The module consists of 10 units across 12 weeks. In each unit, you will explore a different topic through pre-recorded lectures, reading and discussion boards. There will also a be live webinar for each unit, to look back over the previous week’s material and discuss any questions that have emerged.
There is a single written assessment for this module, which must be passed with at least 50% to pass the module.
Dr Erica Gadsby
The module will help you develop an understanding of current public health priorities and areas of work which will be directly applicable to the working environment, either within policy, practice or research settings. The majority of our students are already working in health or social care prior to commencement and remain employed throughout the duration of their studies. Our students develop a wide range of transferable skills during their study that makes them attractive to other employers e.g:
- team working
- IT skills
- literature searching
- critical appraisal
- presentation skills
- data analysis
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