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