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Module Reading List

Health Systems Research Methods, 2019/20, Semester 2
Ghazala Mir
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

This is a module with a wide range and includes quantitative and qualitative methods. The list below should be seen as a start to essential readings.


– Arthur, A and B. Hancock (2009) Introduction to the Research Process. NIHR

– Bell, J., Waters, S. (2014). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers. Open University Press; 6th edition

– Green J & Browne J (2005) Principles of social research. Berkshire: OUP

– Greenhalgh T (1997). How to read a paper: Assessing the methodological quality of published papers. British medical journal. 315(7103): 305-8.

– Laws S, Harper C, Marcus R (2003) Research for development : a practical guide. Sage Publications.

– Lê G, Huss R, Mshelia C, Mirzoev T (2015) How to use Action Research to Strengthen District Health Management: A Handbook Leeds: PERFORM Consortium

– Research Methods Knowledge Base. Available from:

– Varkevisser CM et al (2004) Designing and conducting health systems research projects. Volume 1: Proposal development and fieldwork, Volume 2: Data analyses and report writing. The Netherlands: KIT Publishers.

– WHO (2015) Recommended format for a Research Protocol. WHO research policy

Quantitative research: (Bold = mosy recommended due to comprehensive coverage, ease of understanding and/or online access via the library/link):

- Bowers, D (2014). Medical Statistics from Scratch: An Introduction for Health Professional. 3rd Edition. Hoboken: Wiley.

- Campbell MJ (2007). Medical Statistics: A Textbook for the Health Sciences. 4th Edition. Chichester: Wiley.

– Altman DG, Machin D, Gardner MJ (2000) Statistics with confidence: confidence intervals and statistical guidelines. 2nd ed. London: BMJ Publications.

– Blair, J., Czaja, R., Blair, E. (2014). Designing Surveys: A Guide to Decisions and Procedures. SAGE Publications. 3rd edition.

– Coggon D, Rose G, Barker DJP (2003) Epidemiology for the uninitiated. 5th ed. London: BMJ Publications.

– Coolidge, F. (2013) Statistics: a gentle introduction. SAGE Publications, Inc; Third Edition

– Kumar, R. (2010). Research methodology: a step by step guide for beginners. SAGE Publications Ltd; Third Edition.

– Salkind, N. (2014). Statistics for people who think they hate statistics. SAGE Publications. 5th edition.

– Swinscow TDV and Campbell TDV (2002) Statistics at square one. 10th ed. London: BMJ Publications.

Qualitative Research:

– Bourgeault, I., Dingwall, R., De Vries, R. (2010): Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research. SAGE Publications.

– Cornwall A & Jewkes R (1995). What is participatory research? Social science & medicine. 41(12): 1667-1676.

– Hancock B, Windridge K, Ockleford E (2007): An Introduction to Qualitative Research. Trent RDSU.

– Hennink, M. (2014) Focus group discussions. Understanding Qualitative Research Series. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-985616-9.

– Hennink, M., Hutter, I. and Bailey, A. (2011) Qualitative research methods. SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-1-41292226-5 .

– Kielmann,K., Cataldo, F., SeeleyJ.(2011) Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodology DIFID

- Mason, J (2018) Qualitative Researching 3rd Edition Sage Publications.

- Mir G (2019) Case Study: Participatory Methods. ESRC Research Guidance. Available from:

– Northcutt, N., Mccoy, D. (2004) Interactive qualitative analysis : a systems method for qualitative research. SAGE Publications

– Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative research & evaluation methods (3rd -- ed.). Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi: Sage Publications.


– Social Research Association (2003) Ethical Guidelines.

– WHO (2011) Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-Related Research with Human Participants

– CIOMS (2009): International Ethical Guidelines for Epidemiological Research Involving Human Subjects. WHO

Further reading

- Anderson, L.M, K.L Adeney, C. Shinn, S.Safranek, J. Buckner-Brown and L.K. Krause (2015). 'Community coalition-driven interventions to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations'. The Cochrane library [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1464-780X (6).

Applied health research manual : anthropology of health and health care by P. Boonmongkon, P. Streefland, M. L. Tan published by Het Spinhuis, 2001   

– Armitage P, Berry G, Matthews JNS (2002) Statistical methods in medical research. 4th ed. Oxford: Blackwell.

– Bland M (2000), An introduction to medical statistics. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

– Buchan, J. (2004). “What difference does (“good”) HRM make? ” Human resources for health [electronic resource]. 2 (1): 6.

– Campbell TDV (2001) Statistics at square two: understanding modern statistical applications in medicine. London: BMJ Publications.

– Emerson, R.M., Fretz, R.I., & Shaw, L.L. (1995). Writing ethnographic fieldnotes.

– Field, A. (2014). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics : and sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll. SAGE Publications 4th edition.

– Hennink, M. (2007) International focus group research : a handbook for the health and social sciences. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-60780-3

– Hulley, S. . et al. 2007. Designing Clinical Research: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

– Kirkwood BR (2003) Essentials of medical statistics. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific.

– Patton MQ (2002) Qualitative evaluation and research methods. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

– Srivastava, A. and S. B. Thomson (2009). “Framework for analysis: A qualitative methodology for applied policy analysis.” JOAAG 4 (2): 72-79.

This list was last updated on 23/01/2019