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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

This text is easy to read and makes good use of examples, which are clear and directed at an appropriate level for Post Graduate Public Health students. The use of applied examples and case studies from a range of contexts make this book relevant to a wide audience. Chapters cover core aspects needed for the teaching of Public Health Research methods, in particular, the focus on mixed methods, which is becoming a more prominent methodology in Public Health research.


Jacques Oosthuizen
Professor of Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Health, Edith Cowan University

Research Methods for Public Health is an excellent resource covering a broad range of research methodologies, as well as being a welcome source of inspiration for integrating these methods. I highly recommend this book as an introductory text for students of Public Health, as well as a companion book for any researcher working in the field.

Fredrik Saboonchi
Professor of Public Health Science, Swedish Red Cross University College

This is an a must read for any students undertaking public health modules. Furthermore it also lays out research methodology plainly, which is also useful within any health education qualification

Mrs Fern Bentley
Nursing (Derby), University of Derby (Chesterfield)
May 8, 2023

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

Stuart McClean

Dr Stuart McClean is a social anthropologist and social scientist working at UWE, Bristol as a Public Health academic. He is leader of the MSc Public Health Programme, a successful and internationally recognised Masters. He is also a research theme leader in the Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group on 'Inequality, Disadvantage and Public Policy'. Stuart is a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Higher Education Academy, and is the Book Review Editor for the international journal 'Health', the co-editor of Folk Healing and Health Care... More About Author

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Nick de Viggiani

Having graduated in Geography from the University of Sheffield in 1987, Nick firstly trained as a Registered General Nurse in London, and subsequently completed his MSc degree in Health Promotion at the University of Manchester in 1991. His growing interest in health inequalities led him into a career in health promotion, working with Wigan Area Health Authority as a Health Promotion Officer for HIV and AIDS. In 1993, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Health Promotion at Liverpool John Moores University, and since 1998 has worked at UWE Bristol as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. In 2003, Nick completed his PhD with the University of... More About Author

Emma Bird

Emma Bird is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. Emma obtained a BSc in Psychology (University of Liverpool, 2008) and was awarded an MSc in Health Psychology, with Distinction, from UWE in 2010. Emma joined the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UWE in 2010 as a researcher and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2014.Emma's research interests are wide-ranging, although she is particularly interested in how the environment may influence health behaviour and health behaviour change. Recent and current research projects include: iConnect... More About Author

Paul Pilkington

Paul Pilkington is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. He leads the Environment and Sustainability for Health Improvement research theme, based in the Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group. The theme advances research across the university on issues relating to healthy and sustainable environments, bringing together researchers from public health with those across the university and beyond.  Taking a socio-ecological approach to public health, Paul’s research interests centre on how the promotion of healthy and sustainable environments... More About Author

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