This unit introduces students to the different sources of public health information and develops their skills in identifying, retrieving, evaluating and using with purpose health-related evidence resources. While the emphasis of the unit is on knowledge produced through research, students will also be exposed to other sources of health information (e.g. data and reports produced by government and not-government organisations). The unit introduces students to the ways in which evidence makes its way into health care practice, considering the production, transfer and implementation of evidence. It also addresses the need for practitioners to appraise the quality of the evidence that they use. Students will experience using evidence resources with purpose through the collaborative production of reports that address contemporary health issues and that target relevant audiences. This unit will also assist students in their development of writing, communication, collaboration and creative skills.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):