Courses & Units

Health Research Methods CAM720



This unit will equip students with an understanding of the research methods used in health disciplines in order to interpret published research, and design research of their own. The Unit content includes the theoretical underpinning of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the links between the two. Students will learn how to search for and critically appraise published research in order to design future research projects, and make evidence based decisions to improve practice in clinical settings. Through the course of the semester, students will engage in the skills required to produce a research proposal. These steps include formulating a research question, interrogating background literature, considering ethical requirements and selecting an appropriate research design.


Unit name Health Research Methods
Unit code CAM720
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Rose (Rosie) Nash
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Define the theoretical principles that underpin qualitative and quantitative research and the links between the two
  • Critically appraise health research by applying and understanding of levels of evidence, different forms of research bias, and methodological limitations
  • Demonstrate how to search for, appraise and synthesise published literature in order to formulate a study rationale
  • Formulate research questions and testable hypotheses and identify appropriate research methods for their investigation
  • Apply knowledge of health research methods to the design of a robust and ethical study proposal
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
061399 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,525.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentResearch Proposal (40%)|Literature Search (40%)|Discussion Board participation (20%)
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