Research Design & Methods

Courses for 2018 have not been scheduled yet. Please enquire for more information.

Do you want to conduct a research project but don’t quite know where to start? This course introduces participants to the practical side of epidemiological research. At the end of this course you will have the tools to develop your own research proposal.


In semester 1, this short course will run across the semester with lectures and tutorials each week. In semester 2 the course will run across 5 days 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.

Lectures and small group tutorials will be used to facilitate learning and provide opportunities to explore specific topics in more detail.


Getting started

  • Developing and refining  your research question
  • What ethical issues you need to consider


  • Who should be in your sample
  • Recruitment and retention of your participants
  • Day to day management of your project

Measurement and recording

  • How to write great questionnaires
  • How to minimise bias in your study 

Communicating and reporting

  • How to communicate your research to a variety of audiences

Who should attend

This course is suitable for people working in or intending to work in population health or related areas. A working knowledge of basic epidemiological concepts is assumed.

  • Government and non-government policy makers and advisors.
  • Public health practitioners including clinicians and other health workers.
  • Students wanting to develop skills in epidemiological research methods.