Research Methods II: Applied Academics
Full course description
In this project we will build upon the expertise gathered in part I. Through lectures and tutorials we will explore in more detail research methods which can be used, decisions on when to use which research method and how to read, understand and appreciate basic research material.
1. Knowledge and insight on:
- is able to distinguish between various measures of frequency of health outcomes
- has basic knowledge of and insight into the principles of classifying health and disease outcomes
- is able to distinguish between the various types of health measurement scales and the relevant aspects of the quality of a health measurement scale
- is able to distinguish between various measures that quantify the strength of association between determinants and health outcomes
- is able to distinguish between various study designs in epidemiology
- is able to identify the major advantages and disadvantages of the different epidemiological study designs knows the difference between internal validity and external validity of epidemiological studies
- appreciates the potential threat of bias (confounding, information bias, selection bias) to the internal validity of an epidemiological study.
- appreciates the difference between confounding and effect modification (interaction)
- appreciates various design measures to prevent bias or to adjust for bias in observational and intervention research
- has knowledge and understanding of the principles of causality and causal reasoning, and be able to distinguish between various criteria that can be used to assess a causal relationship between exposure and health outcome.
- is able to critically appraise an intervention study
2. Application of knowledge and insight:
The course participant is able to recognize and assess the general quality of an epidemiological study
- Webb, P., & Bain, C. (2010). Essential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals. Cambridge University Press.
- More literature will be provided in the e-reader