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Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore

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Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:

Must be PFRH Doctoral Student; must have completed second year comprehensive exams.


Explores the process of developing a dissertation proposal to prepare PFRH students for departmental and preliminary oral exams. Covers the nuts and bolts of writing a proposal from developing a research question through completing a timeline and obtaining IRB approval. Combines readings and student presentations as well as occasional guest lectures. Intended only for students in the department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a research question, study aims, and hypotheses to be used in a dissertation proposal
  2. Conduct a literature review which identifies current research and gaps as they relate to the study and research questions and aims
  3. Identify an appropriate study design including study population and methodology, both quantitative and qualitative
  4. Identify data sets or setting for data collection
  5. Examine frameworks and find appropriate frameworks for the study
  6. Review analytic methods
  7. Develop a feasible timeline for the study
  8. Consider ethical issues and IRB approval
  9. Identify potential funding sources
Methods of Assessment:

Monthly presentations of progress on thesis proposal

Enrollment Restriction:

PFRH Doctoral Students only.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required