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Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences

Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences


Courses in this learning track address the ways in which health-related research is conducted, with the inclination for advancing critical-reasoning skills. Courses that comprise this learning track will introduce fundamental skills involved in research methodology determination and statistical analysis of data. Students will have the opportunity to build mixed methods research designs as well as learn to navigate the process of literature review and experimental design. Some courses hone in on discipline-specific research methodologies as well, allowing for application of experimental design to particular fields.

This track requires students to take a total of 7 courses.

Coordinator: Dr. Natalie Wagner


In addition to the following core BHSc courses:

  • HSCI 190 Introduction to Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 270 Fundamentals of Health Research Methodology
  • BCHM 370 Genetics and Genomics

Students must take four (4) additional courses.

Choose two (2) of:

MICR 290, Antibiotic Resistance Lab : This immersive laboratory course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop basic research skills, learning about important microbiological and biochemical research techniques and applying them to the study of antibiotic resistance.

BMED 390 Integrative Laboratory Studies is a two-week intensive multidisciplinary laboratory course conducted in-person on the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario.

PHGY 290 Investigation of Human Physiological Responses is designed to enable students to advance their critical thinking and practical laboratory skills through collaborative experimentation. In an integrative laboratory experience, groups of students will learn to investigate how various stimuli impact human physiological responses.

LISC 391 Integrated Life Sciences Laboratory II is an intermediate laboratory course on the Physiology and Pharmacology of Cardiorespiratory Sciences and Neuroscience. Students develop skills to acquire and evaluate data and methods. Critical thinking skills are used for the development of arguments, assumptions, and information required to evaluate concepts and hypotheses.

Choose one (1) of:

HSCI 383, Advanced Research Methodologies will develop the understanding of the three primary types of research employed in health sciences: experimental quantitative, observational quantitative, and qualitative. For each approach, research procedures will be explored.

BCHM 482, Proteomics and Metabolomics covers the basic principles of protemoics and metabolomics and their application in the new systems biology ‘omics’ approach to scientific discovery. This course will emphasize methodologies used and the applications in research and medical diagnostic settings.

GLPH 485, Global Application of Health Informatics, is designed to introduce students to the real-world application of electronic healthcare data. Students will learn about the history of data processing, the laws and regulations governing the use of healthcare data nationally and internationally, analysis techniques, and how health informatics systems can be used to drive and support health interventions.

Choose one (1) HSCI 59X course (HSCI 591/592 Health Sciences Research: Design and Methods; HSCI 593/594/595 Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Interpretation; HSCI 598 Advanced Health Sciences Research: Design and Methods; HSCI 599 Advanced Health Sciences Research: Data Collection and Interpretation)


An archived version of the Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences learning track can be found here:

Archived April 2022