|About the book|
Public health problems are increasingly those of human behaviour: encouraging healthier lifestyles, understanding social determinants of health, and barriers to effective public policies, including health care policies. This book introduces some of the principles of social research as applied to public health. It is aimed at those with some understanding of health and health care but little exposure to social research. It introduces some of the social science disciplines that have turned their attention to health and health care such as medical sociology, psychology and anthropology.
The book examines:
Series Editors: Rosalind Plowman and Nicki Thorogood.
|About the authors|
Judith Green is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and John Browne is Lecturer in Outcome Assessment at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
|Table of contents|
Section 1: Introduction
Introduction to social research
Science and social science
Framing a research question
Section 2: Qualitative methods
Introduction to qualitative methods
Focus groups and other group methods
Analysing qualitative data
Practical: using qualitative methods
Section 3: Quantitative methods
Measurement in the social sciences
Practical: designing a questionnaire
Section 4: Social science disciplines in public health
Introduction to applied medical anthropology
Introduction to history in health
Multi-method and multi-disciplinary approaches