Health Research Methods

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Health Research Methods is an online unit offered by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University. It seeks to strengthen your critical awareness of the various methodological issues surrounding the practice of scientific experiments and research.

By the end of the unit, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in research design, data measurement and collection, including sampling, questionnaire development, measurement reliability and validity. You will also be taught to critique research design, from experimental, quasi-experimental and observational designs to cross-sectional descriptive case studies.

In addition, you will learn about the concepts of hypothesis testing and how to apply appropriate methods to analyse and interpret health-related data. Finally, you will be introduced to issues of ethics in research.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Master of Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in International Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Curtin University
  • Master of Health Promotion, Curtin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University

Areas of study

In the Health Research Methods unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to biostatistics, frequency distributions
  • Introduction to research methods, critical appraisal
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Inferential statistics
  • Deciding which statistical methods to use
  • Data collection process, Survey Monkey
  • Observational studies
  • Interventional studies
  • Sampling
  • Measurement reliability and validity, bias
  • Research ethics

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Master of Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in International Health, Curtin University
  • Master of Health Promotion, Curtin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit provides you with essential building blocks for a career in public health. By teaching you to treat scientific method and research designs with rigorous analysis, you will become accustomed to approaching public health research with a more critical eye. This provides vital skills for a successful career in the field, and builds your confidence as a health services professional.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Health Research Methods from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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