Write a 2 page explanation of the role of theory in research – Next, identify a theory in Public Health and explain its basic tenets. Then, with this theory in mind, consider your answer to the following question posed by Drs. Burkholder and Burbank in last week’s reading: “What do I have to believe about the world and about human beings in order for me to accept or use this theory?” (p. 27). Finally, describe the extent to which the epistemological and ontological assumptions of your chosen theory align with the philosophical orientation that reflects your worldview.
de Vaus, D. A. (2001). Research design in social research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Research Design in Social Research by De Vaus, D.A. Copyright 2001 Sage Publications Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd., via the Copyright Clearance Center.
• Chapter 1, “The Context of Design”
Burkholder, G. J., Cox, K. A., Crawford, L. M., & Hitchcock, J.H. (Eds.) (2020). Research design and methods: An applied guide for the scholar-practitioner. SAGE Publications, Inc.
• Chapter 3, “Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks in Research”
Babbie, E. (2017). Basics of social research (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
• Chapter 2, “Paradigms, Theory, and Research”
Walden University: Library. (2015b). Searching and finding information in the library databases: Overview. Retrieved from
Be sure to review all sections within this guide: “Overview,” “Keyword Searching,” “Subject and Index Searching,” and “Find Full Text.”
Walden University: Library. (2015c). Theorists and theories: Discover theorists & theories. Retrieved from
Write a 2 page explanation of the role of theory in research – Next, identify a theory in Public Health and explain its basic tenets