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Quantitative Health Research


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19-20 Non-accredited 15 credits



19-20 Accredited 15 credits



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Careers/further study

This module contributes towards the MSc Environmental Health.


  • History of epidemiology and our understanding of disease causation in populations
  • Characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of epidemiological studies
  • Basic statistics descriptive and inferential
  • Introduction to statistical tests, including parametric and non-parametric
  • Controlling for bias and confounding in epidemiological studies
  • The concept of evidence-based policy and practice
  • Hierarchies of evidence
  • Tools and techniques in critical appraisal
  • The dissemination and communication of evidence
  • Ethical issues in the use of data


After undertaking this 15 credit Quantitative Health Research Masters level module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the historical basis for epidemiology in public health.
  • Critically analyse the strengths, limitations and issues to consider with different types of epidemiological studies.
  • Assess the sources of evidence routinely used as a basis for health policy and practice, including strengths and limitations.
  • Interpret and apply the results of basic statistical analyses, particularly inferential statistics.
  • Use appropriate tools to critically appraise the evidence used in public health.
  • Understand how evidence is used in the policy process.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning includes; lectures, seminars, groupwork and workshops.

Independent learning includes; hours engaged with essential reading, workshop preparation, assignment preparation and completion and self-directed study.

Technology Enhanced Learning will supplement taught sessions, to enable all students to access essential and supplementary learning materials via Blackboard. Module support will be supplemented with an electronic discussion board (either via Blackboard or via a dedicated blog).Podcasts/video will be used to accompany lecture input.

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15 credit Masters level module

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