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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Judith Kasper
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Covers components of research design for population-based studies drawn from secondary data. Topics include: a framework for evaluating research design, introduction to secondary data sources, defining study populations, complex sampling designs, data structure, and content in national health surveys, principles of questionnaire design, survey data collection methodologies and measure construction. Addresses important measurement topics, including measurement equivalence and case-mix adjustment. Emphasizes secondary data from national and international health and health care surveys, but also addresses major health program administrative datasets (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid). Student exercises emphasize the development and acquisitions of skills needed to manipulate data from large population survey or administrative datasets to answer a specific research question.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify and critique the primary components of quasi-experimental and observational research designs
Evaluate the design, sampling principles, structure, and data collection methods, of large complex national health and health care surveys (a major resource for health services research), as well as the implications of these for data analysis
Create variables and conduct preliminary analyses using data from a large complex national health or health care survey
Discuss the general principles of questionnaire development, with particular application to health and health care surveys
Evaluate administrative data applications in health services research

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation is based on exercises using a publicly available dataset to address a research question of interest to each student. Exercises culminate in presentation of an abstract for a study suitable for a research conference or publication.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

students without the pre-requiste courses noted must obtain consent of instructor prior to registration.

For consent, contact:

309.616-617 or 300.713 or consent of instructor

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail