In this course you will be introduced to different types of decision-making and the level of evidence you will need to make different types of decisions in health services management.
Some decisions need evidence and you will learn how to search the literature for evidence related to a health services issue. Some decisions require the highest level quality of evidence so you will be introduced to study designs applied in medical research and epidemiological principles to evaluate the methodological shortfalls associated with the different designs. Other decisions need lower levels of evidence and you will learn about the appropriateness and flaws of methods for collecting lower level evidence. With this knowledge you will be able to determine the level of evidence you require to make a decision and critically appraise the evidence for flaws. You will also learn to interpret commonly used statistical techniques in health-related and health services research. Your new skills will be applied and assessed to a set of papers related to a health service issue.
This is a core course of the Master of Health Leadership and Management program comprising 6 units of credit towards the total 48 units of credit required for completion of the study program. It can also provide 6 units of credit towards other programs, such as the Master of Public Health.