Courses Catalogue

Public Health Vi: Research Methods I (proposal Development)

COURSE CODE: PHD 22O7
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

I) Lectures (30 Hours)

i) Introduction to Research (3 Hours)
a)      Definition, nature of use and application.
b)      Scientific enquiry, concept, nature and process

 ii) Types of research (2 Hours)
a)      Basic
b)      Applied
c)      Operational
d)     Evaluative

iii) Research designs and methods (15 Hours)
a)        Descriptive, cross sectional, analytical, longitudinal, cohort-retrospective, case control, experimental. Clinical trials, quasi-experimental.
b)        Research methods: qualitative, focus groups, key informants, case studies, interviews. Quantitative- descriptive and analytical.
c)        Sampling methods: simple random, stratified, cluster, same size determination.
d)       The role of institutional research and ethics committee: processing the research protocol through the right channels, confidentiality, Consent

iv) Proposal design and development (10 Hours)
a)      Research instruments: questionnaires, interview guides, characteristics and application.
b)      Proposal development: identification of problem, problem statement, introduction background information, rationale/ justification, study objectives, literature review, methodology, data management, budget and time frame, appendix, bibliography

Teaching/learning methods
a)      Lectures
b)      Tutorials
c)      Course work
d)     Student presentations
e)      Directed and independent self-study

Teaching/learning Materials
a)      Whiteboard and markers
b)      LCD projector
c)      Sample research reports/proposals