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Research Methods for Public Health

Research Methods for Public Health

October 2019 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Research Methods for Public Health offers an in-depth introduction to the theories, concepts, approaches and practices, relevant to research methods in a public health setting. Informed by a socio-ecological model of public health, the book uses real world research examples and contemporary social, political and environmental themes of public health that reflect UK and international contexts.


The book provides a straightforward approach to developing a research project and applying methods in practical and realistic ways, using an innovative, integrative approach that combines methodologies. The authors have moved away from traditional approaches to research methods, and include chapters on primary quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, evidence synthesis approaches, critical appraisal, research governance and ethics, and dissemination.


Essential reading for postgraduate students, researchers and public health practitioners, or individuals preparing for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part A examination.

Part 1: Quantitative Methods for Public Health
Chapter 1: Epidemiology
Chapter 2: Sampling
Chapter 3: Collecting Quantitative Data
Chapter 4: Quantitative Data Analysis
Chapter 5: Quality and Rigour in Quantitative Research
Part 2: Qualitative Methods for Public Health
Chapter 6: Methodological Approaches and Basic Principles
Chapter 7: Accessing and Selecting Cases in Qualitative Research
Chapter 8: Collecting Qualitative Data
Chapter 9: Qualitative Data Analysis
Chapter 10: Quality and Rigour in Qualitative Research
Part 3: Mixing it Up: Combining Methods and Evidence Synthesis in Public Health
Chapter 11: Mixed methods research and evaluation design
Chapter 12: Evidence synthesis approaches: Systematic reviews
Chapter 13: Evidence synthesis approaches: Meta-ethnography and realist synthesis
Part 4: Applying Research to Public Health Practice
Chapter 14: The Ethics of Public Health Research
Chapter 15: Writing up, Dissemination and Publication

Useful broad textbook for student dissertations

Dr Hannah CE Madden
Dept of Social Sciences, Liverpool Hope University
July 6, 2022

A step-by step guide to undertaking qualitative and quantitative research at Masters level; from developing the research question to writing for publication. An easy to follow yet detailed text. Essential reading for Public Health students.

Dr Ruth Hopkins
Health and Human Sciences, Swansea University
November 30, 2020

a great clear outline of qualitative research methods in clear language accessible to students

Mrs jen menzies
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
November 27, 2019

Clearly presented, takes a multidisciplinary approach that reflects the methods needed to research and address modern public health problems. An excellent introductory textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students working in the field of public health, environmental health and health sciences.

Mr Alastair Tomlinson
Applied Community Sci & Protection, Cardiff Metropolitan University
October 18, 2019

A very useful text for both postgraduate and undergraduate healthcare students.

Dr Krishna Regmi
Faculty of Health & Social Science, Bedfordshire University
October 26, 2019

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