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Department: Mental Health
Term: 1st term
Credits: 4 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Presents quantitative approaches to measurement in the psychological and social sciences. Topics include the principles of psychometrics, including reliability and validity; the statistical basis for latent variable analysis, including exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and latent class analysis; and item response theory. Draws examples from the social sciences, including stress and distress, social class and socioeconomic status, personality; consumer satisfaction, functional impairment and disability, quality of life, and the measurement of overall health status. Intended for doctoral students.

Learning Objective(s):

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to read and evaluate scientific articles as regards measurement in public health; to design simple measurement protocols; to design and conduct studies of reliability and validity; and to conduct and present standard quantitative analyses of measurement accuracy.

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation, problem sets, and a final exam.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students
For consent, contact:

140.621-624, former 140.601-604, or 140.651-654, or consent of instructor

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: