Research Methods for Health Science

HEA20007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the breadth of research methods used in Health Sciences. This unit explores the different research paradigms, methodologies, and methods used in health sciences research, including mixed methodologies between those paradigms. Students will access, analyse, and interpret multiple forms of information used in health sciences, including publicly available health data, reports, and scientific literature. This unit also enables students to understand the implementation of evidence into practice.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Interpret, assess, and appraise scientific evidence and health-related reports that underpin health science practice and research.
2. Distinguish and explain different research paradigms and research designs and/or methodologies used in health science research.
3. Examine and justify the theoretical, practical, and ethical considerations the different research methods used in health science research.
4. Select and apply appropriate analysis methods for the various types of data collected in health sciences.
5. Formulate an appropriate research question, and develop and justify an appropriate protocol using the most appropriate research paradigm and ethical research practice.