2023-2024 / METO0750-2

Transdisciplinary approach of public sanitary issues


20h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)3 crédits 




Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Introduction to research approach in Public Health
  • Introduction to scientific writing
  • Introduction to the quantitative approach
  • Introduction to the qualitative approach

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

General objectives
Introduce to Public Health research approach
Prepare the Public Health Research Work
Acquire editorial and methodological bases necessary to begin the end of study work

Specific objectives
Learn to define an argued research question
Learn to organize the exploratory phase necessary for research work
Learn to explain his research problem
Learn how to write scientifically   Learn to ask methodological choices detailed and consistent with the research question (inductive/deductive, quantitative/qualitative)   Learn to build an investigation plan:
- know the principal sample selection methods   - be able to choose from a variety of data collection techniques   - know the importance of a planning meeting the criteria of feasibility and regulations.

Knowing the quality criteria of processing and analyzing data.

Knowing the major ethical principles and be able to perform methodological choices respecting the ethical issues

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face lessons. Exercices will achieve in face-to-face sessions and/or at home.

Recommended or required readings

Course materials and exercises will be available to students via the website MyULg.
Required reading:

  • Van Campenhoudt, L, Marquet, J & Quivy, R 2017, Manuel de recherche en sciences sociales, 5e édition, Dunod, Paris.
Recommended readings:

  • Beaud, M 2006, L'art de la thèse, comment préparer et rédiger un mémoire de Master, une Thèse de doctorat ou tout autre travail universitaire à l'ère du net, la découverte, Paris : la découverte.
  • Fragnières JP 2009, Comment réussir un mémoire, 4ème edn, Dunod, Paris.
  • Creswell, JW 2014, Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. 4th edn, SAGE Publications.
  • Jirojwong S, Johnson M, Welch A 2014, Research methods in nursing and midwifery: pathways to evidence-based practice, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Australia & New Zealand.
  • Foddy W 1993, Constructing Questions for Interviews and Questionnaires, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Ghiglione R & Matalon B 1988, Les enquêtes sociologiques, théories et pratique, A Colin, Paris.
  • Malterud, K 2001, Qualitative research: standards, challenges, guidelines, The Lancet, vol. 358, no. 9280, pp. 483-488.
  • Miles MB & Huberman AM 2005, Analyse des données qualitatives, 2ème edn, De Boeck, Bruxelles.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

The assessment is divided as follows:

  • 10% : continuous assessment carry out with 4 quizzes accessibles on eCampus.
  • 90% : written exam in presence or distance considering health situation.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course




Association of one or more MOOCs