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HPER13-100: Evidence in Healthcare: Practice and Policy


This subject is designed to provide knowledge and skills in using evidence to support decisions by those working in the health field. You will become familiar with the terminology used when describing healthcare evidence and develop essential skills in effectively using evidence in the healthcare setting.  You will learn to critically appraise studies based on an understanding of research study designs; and applying the results of those studies to individuals, communities and populations.  These skills will enable you to evaluate proposed health policy and clinical management options. 

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: HPER13-100
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Business, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
  • Medicine
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2024: $4,260.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $5,730.00

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain major qualitative and quantitative methods used in healthcare research.
  2. Formulate a clear question from a practice or policy problem.
  3. Source the most appropriate research to answer the question.
  4. Critically appraise relevant literature identifying strengths and weaknesses
  5. Apply valid and relevant conclusions from the literature to develop recommendations for practice and or policy.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students