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Term: Summer 2 term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Judy Holzer
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Introduces basic methods for undertaking research and program evaluation within health services organizations and systems, and reviews major completed studies. Topics include the relationship between health services research (HSR) and health care policy and management; the multidisciplinary philosophy of HSR; research design, including experimental and quasi-experimental approaches; issues of reliability, validity, and measurement; survey research techniques; use of existing data systems; basic cost benefit and effectiveness analysis; and measurement of quality of care. Students critique published HSR studies and develop a design for a research or evaluation project.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Critique published health services research and health program evaluations
Develop a design for a research or evaluation project
Describe the relationship between health services research and program evaluation
Identify differences between basic and policy-relevant health services research projects and program evaluation
Develop a conceptual framework for a study, showing the hypothesized causal variables and the expected outcomes
Identify different types of study design, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
Describe the basic issues related to measurement of variables
Identify problems with measurement reliability and validity
Identify aspects of quality of care and its measurement as they relate to health services research projects
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,
Demonstrate discuss of the basic concepts of cost benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
Utilize secondary data and existing information sources in research projects

Methods of Assessment: Method of student evaluation based on midterm exam, final exam, and class participation
Location: Hong Kong, China
Class Times:
  • Sat 06/30/2012 - Sun 07/01/2012
  • Saturday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Sunday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: Pacific Rim DrPH cohort only
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

this section is intended for the Pacific Rim DrPH cohort students only -all others must have permission of the department to register.

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Students must be registered for both 309.616 and 309.617 - grade assigned at the end of 309.617 will be assigned to both classes.
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016