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Research Design (Global Public Health)




Admissions requirements

  • Statistics and mathematics,

  • Academic writing

  • Introduction to epidemiology

  • One 200 level methods course in GPH (QRM, GIS, Qualitative research methods in GPH)


In this course students will learn through active participation to identify the research gap from which you formulate research questions, while connecting these questions to quantitative or qualitative methodology relevant for Global Public Health. The course will address frequently used methodology relevant for the Capstone which includes systematic literature reviews, observational and clinical studies, surveys, interviews, policy and media analysis. Issues of reliability, validity and sources of bias within various qualitative and quantitative data collection will be discussed. During this course, students will read different 'methods' sections and research papers from various health-related disciplines (both social and biomedical sciences), which will help you learn to separate wheat from chaff and link the research gap and your research question to the most appropriate research methodology while taking into account ethical and practical constraints of public health research in your Capstone process.

Course objectives

After completion of this course students are able to:

  • Discuss philosophy, theories and concepts in research design;

  • Formulate research questions in their chosen field, relating these to the relevant theories and methods;

  • Critically evaluate research designs;

  • Write a research proposal.


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

  • Online video’s on study designs

  • Peer-review

  • Lectures and exercises

  • In-class discussions and presentations


  • In-class participation: 5%

  • Individual assignment (literature review): 25%

  • Oral presentation (review of article methodology): 15%

  • Group project (application of science philosophy and a theoretical framework): 20%

  • Research proposal as preparation of the Capstone thesis: 35%


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list



This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact