Qualitative Health Research (distance learning)

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Distance

This module is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level.

Course content includes:

  • History of epidemiology and our understanding of disease causation in populations
  • Characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of epidemiological studies
  • Sources of public health data
  • 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.


Approximately 24 hours of directed study (online lectures, seminars etc.). Teaching is delivered in the format of up to eight online lectures (delivered as audio podcasts or video capture linked with Adobe presenter or equivalent), plus online seminars and other web-based activities.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

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