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Philosophy of Science and Methodology

  • Duration: One semester
  • Fall semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 10 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 1 May

About the course

The course focuses on central themes in scientific theory and theoretical challenges facing research in the field of public health:

  • Theoretical challenges facing research in the field of public health
  • Conceptualizing a research problem
  • Concepts related to quality assessment of research (credibility, reliability, validity, generalisation, etc.)
  • Research design  and process within qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Basic principles of descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (frequency distribution, probability, hypothesis testing, errors, presentation of data, etc.)
  • Basic concepts of data collection and analysis in qualitative methods
  • Research ethics 

Learning outcomes

 After successful completion of the module, the student will have the following knowledge, skills and general competence.


 The student 

  • has knowledge of scientific theory;
  • has in-depth knowledge and a critical understanding of the research process;
  • has knowledge and understanding of the principles of ethics associated with research in public health;
  • has in-depth knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design relevant to public health research.


 The student 

  • is able to carry out a search of the literature and critically evaluate research articles;
  • can analyse and critically evaluate different information sources;
  • can use relevant concepts, theories and perspectives to formulate a research question relevant to public health;
  • can justify the choice of research approach, study design, method and analysis;
  • can analyse the ethical dimensions of research in general, and the field of public health in particular. 

Teaching and learning strategies 

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars 

Module requirements that must be approved before being allowed to sit the examination 

  • Participation in group work (at least 80%)
  • Deliver an individual portfolio of 5 assignments. 


 A four-hour written individual examination that is assessed with grades A – F, with E as the lowest pass grade.

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please note that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

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