Fundamentals of Health Research and Epidemiology

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HIMP 4430
Fundamentals of Health Research and Epidemiology
Health Information Management
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture 4 hours per week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

Students will learn fundamentals of health research and epidemiology through a combination of lecture, experiential learning and independent study.  Some or all of the following methods wll be used:

  • lecture/discussion
  • group work
  • group discussions and exercises
  • independent research
  • quizzes
  • instructor feedback on students' work
  • individual consultation
  • presentation (individual or group)
Course Description
Students are introduced to the concepts of health research, epidemiology, the methods to detect bias, and how to determine validity and reliability. Included in this will be the opportunity to identify a research question and hypothesis, perform a literature review and complete a critical analysis of findings.
Course Content

In this course the learner will explore:

  • Research and epidemiology frameworks and terminology
  • The principles of scientific investigation
  • Research study design
  • Testing a hypothesis
  • The process to identify bias in research and epidemiological studies
  • The steps in performing and critiquing a literature review
  • Epidemiological studies, determining design, statistics used and generated
  • The relationship between research and epidemiology within health information management
  • The process to secure and ensure ethical research
  • The relationship between data integrity and governance and health information management
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful learners will be able to:

  • Define key research and epidemiology terminology
  • Explain principles of scientific investigation  
  • Explain necessary steps for designing a research study  
  • Distinguish between various types of study
  • Design a research study to test a specific hypothesis  
  • Detect and describe different types of biases and give examples of research studies performed in health care   
  • Justify the most effective methods to test validity and reliability   
  • Design a literature review and complete a critical analysis of findings   
  • Analyze epidemiological studies, identify advantages/disadvantages of each study design, and identify the various healthcare statistics used or generated  
  • Explain how various epidemiological research study designs can be used in health information management   
  • Explain how study design facilitates the outcome studies   
  • Identify the relationship between research methodology and evidenced-based practice in health information management 
  • Demonstrate the importance of ethics in research and epidemiological study  
  • Identify data governance and data integrity issues pertinent to research and epidemiology  
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  This is a graded course.  All assignments must be completed to pass the course.

Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks, materials and electronic applications is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.