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Department: International Health
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Pamela Surkan
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Guides students through the process of developing a dissertation proposal for the doctoral degree in SBI. Introduces the proposal requirements and provides information about the oral defense, including forming committees. Sessions include discussions of students’ projects to help define the scope of a dissertation, understand how to use conceptual frameworks, approach the literature review, research methods, and analytic plan. Also discusses research ethics. Students work with the faculty instructor and in pairs and/or small groups to critique each others’ proposals during the process of developing their own proposals.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
develop research aims, hypotheses and a identify/develop an appropriate conceptual model
review and consolidate the literature related to their dissertation topic
evaluate the strengths and limitations of their methodology and study design
develop a feasible study timeline
discuss and constructively critique their proposal and the proposals of other doctoral students in the seminar.

Methods of Assessment: Students will be evaluated (75%) on weekly written assignments and/or presentations (individually determined based on where the student is in the dissertation writing process) and (25%) on class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 3
Enrollment Maximum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: SBI doctoral students
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Non-SBI students may enroll only with consent of instructor.

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail