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330.660.01 SEMINAR ON METHODS IN PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
2nd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm

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Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Pass/Fail
Contact:
Philip Leaf
Course Instructor:
Prerequisite:

340.751-753 and 140.621-624; or consent of instructor

Description:

Targets the development of effective research strategies in public mental health, including the identification of research questions, study design, and analytic approaches. Discusses development of research designs and grant proposals, such as sample selection, measurement, and analytic strategies. Reviews strengths and weaknesses of previous or proposed studies and considers recent advances in epidemiologic and statistical methods as alternative approaches for addressing research questions. Also discusses advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal, cross-sectional, and multistage research designs.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the major methodological and analytical challenges to the development of effective research strategies in public mental health research;
  2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative designs;
  3. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal, cross-sectional, and multistage research designs;
  4. Apply concepts related to the use of marginal, random effects, and latent variable models to different mental health research questions;
  5. Identify problems and solutions in estimating the prevalence, incidence, and duration of health problems, risk factors, and assets
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on written critiques of selected research studies, class participation and research proposal.

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students who have not taken all of the prerequisites

For consent, contact:

pleaf@jhsph.edu