Global change and health
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND RELATED RESEARCH
MASTER/ DIPLOMA/ CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH
HAR6030: Introduction to Research Methods (15 Credits) 2012/2013
There are two parts to the assessment, which together will demonstrate your engagement
with the material and understanding of the key concepts contained within this module.
1. Formative assessment: On-line journal entries
Formative assessments give tutors an indication of student progress and indicate to
students the standard of work expected. A formal mark is not recorded for formative
assessments, but students will be given feedback on the quality of their work throughout
the module (this may take the form of group or individual feedback).
The formative assessment for this module involves completing six on-line journal entries.
These journal entries will enable students to think reflectively about the sections required
for completion of the summative assessment below. You will complete your on-line
journal entries in Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9. The on-line journal entries are considered
mandatory and are an essential requirement for passing the module.
You will have opportunities throughout the module to discuss issues arising from the on-
line journal entries with your group tutor.
2. Summative assessment: Outline mixed-methods research proposal (100%)
For this part of the assignment, each student is required to produce a written outline for a
mixed-methods research proposal of 2000 words (+/-200) on a health topic, keeping
in mind the perspective you need to use for your Masters Programme, eg, Public Health,
Public Health Management & Leadership, International Public Health or Clinical
Research (possible examples are provided in brackets but you are free to choose your
1) Environmental Hazards and Public Health (For example, you might want to focus on
the health implications of factors such as climate change; hurricanes or toxic
2) Infectious Diseases and Public Health (For example, you may want to examine
aspects such as prevention, care or access to treatment in relation to specific
infectious diseases such as:- HIV/AIDS; Tuberculosis; Malaria; H1N1 Swine Flu )
3) Family Relations, Childbirth and Parenting (In this broad subject area, there are a
variety of topics you may wish to look at, for example, the impact of domestic
violence on children; maternal death in childbirth; teenage parenting)
4) Chronic Illness and Lifestyle (e.g. coronary heart disease and exercise; alcohol
Whatever your chosen topic area, you need to choose a particular aspect that will be
researched, for example, prevention, risk reduction, patient safety, care, access to
treatment, quality assurance, factors affecting programme implementation, or evaluation of