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300.713.01 Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy I

Health Policy and Management
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Renan Castillo
Course Instructors:

Introduces basic principles and methods for undertaking scientifically rigorous research with a special emphasis on evaluations of interventions intended to improve health and safety. Focuses on evaluations of health policies, health care delivery systems, and public health programs. Also prepares students to apply the results of health policy research done by others. Topics include the relationship between health services research, health policy research, health policy analysis and health program management; approaches for assessing the impact of health policy and health program implementation; common research designs and their strengths and weaknesses; measurement issues of reliability and validity; survey research techniques; qualitative research methods; quality of care and outcomes measurement; use of existing health and safety data; and basic cost benefit and effectiveness analysis.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Critique published health services research and health policy/program evaluations
  2. Develop an appropriate study design for a research or evaluation project
  3. Describe the relationship between health services research and program evaluation
  4. Identify differences between basic and policy-relevant health services research projects and program evaluation
  5. Develop a conceptual framework for a study, showing the hypothesized causal variables and the expected outcomes
  6. Identify different types of study design, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
  7. Describe the basic issues related to measurement of variables
  8. Identify problems with measurement reliability and validity
  9. Identify aspects of quality of care and its measurement as they relate to health services research projects
  10. Discuss how survey research is used in health services research and evaluation, in terms of choice of sampling techniques, determination of sample size, and approaches to writing survey questions
  11. Demonstrate discuss of the basic concepts of cost benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
  12. Identify and use appropriate secondary data and existing information sources in research projects
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be graded on a midterm assignment requiring the critique of a health policy evaluation study and a final project assignment which will involve the development of a proposal to evaluate a health policy.


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required