This core module aims to provide all students with an understanding of research as a process from research question construction and systematic examination and synthesis of existing knowledge, through research design, data collection and analysis, to reporting and dissemination. It will equip students with skills to develop the research protocol for their dissertation and project management strategies that they can apply during the course, and beyond. In addition, this module will introduce students to the regulatory and ethical frameworks relevant to population health research and the involvement of patients and the public in research.
Module Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Appreciate the philosophical underpinnings of research
- Develop and refine a research question
- Develop and implement a systematic search strategy
- Critically appraise and synthesise published research literature using appropriate methods
- Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the regulatory frameworks related to population health research
- Appreciate the ethical issues relevant to population health research, including research integrity and validity issues
- Write a research protocol and analysis plan
- Understand what good project management involves and be able to apply it to population health research
- Appreciate ways to involve patients and public in research
- Understand the publication and peer review process
- Design an appropriate strategy for achieving impact from population health research findings
Principles of Epidemiology
The module will be delivered using a combination of lectures, workshops, group discussion and experiential learning. Some reading will be required prior to some sessions.
This module will be assessed by a written research protocol or analysis plan for the dissertation to be handed in four weeks after the end of the module.
Module Length: 6 days split into two parts (2 days in term 1, and then 4 days in term 2)