Quantitative Research Methods (MPH100)

This is an introductory course in statistics and quantitative research methods. The course focuses on the understanding of fundamental concepts, and corresponding terminology, related to different quantitative research methods and statistical analyses.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




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Language of instruction



  • Quantitative research methods and statistics

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • Know the basic concepts and principles of descriptive statistics
  • Know the basic concepts and principles of bivariate analyses
  • Know the basic concepts and principles of regression analyses


The student

  • Can perform descriptive analyses of a data set using SPSS and interpret the results
  • Can perform the appropriate bivariate analyses of a data set in SPSS and interpret the results
  • Can perform simple regression analyses of a data set in SPSS and interpret the results

General competence

The student

  • Can critically appraise the appropriateness and quality of basic statistical analyses in scientific publications

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Approved, basic calculator, Curriculum books, Scantron,

The assessment is a written school exam.

Coursework requirements

80 % attendance
80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an individual evaluation.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Matthew Hilditch

Course coordinator:

Jo Røislien

Course teacher:

Daniel Adrian Lungu

Study Program Director:

Per Kristian Hyldmo

Method of work

Lectures, group work and individual work.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Scientific Methods (MPH100_1) 5
Scientific Methods (FXSM100_1) 5
Scientific Methods, Scientific Methods ( FXSM100_1 MPH100_1 ) 15

Open for

Candidates with a relevant bachelor’s degree within health care may apply for admission to the course

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto