410.615.01 Research Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Health Behavior and Society
- 2nd term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2014 - 2015
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- Tu Th, 9:00 - 10:20am
One term biostatistics or consent of instructor. Social or behavioral sciences recommended.
Provides an overview of the design and conduct of research in the social and behavioral sciences as applied to public health. Drawing primarily from the research perspectives and methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and health promotion, students will examine: formulation of a research question, selection of a research design, selection of a study site and population, issues and methods of data collection, and measurement validity and reliability. Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the major types of research design used in the social sciences.
- Learning Objectives:
- Identify the role and importance of the scientific method.
- Identify relevant ethical issues surrounding social science research.
- Evaluate and critique existing social science research.
- Evaluate qualitative and quantitative research designs.
- Design a research study to answer social science questions relevant to public health.
- Methods of Assessment:
Student evaluation based on class attendance and participation (20%), completion of human subjects training certificate (10%), midterm assignment (30%), and final assignment (40%).
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required