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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Hee-Soon Juon
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Enables students to synthesize theories and methodologies from the social and behavioral sciences. Examines the process of conducting social and behavioral sciences research. Presents an overview of available statistical methods that address the challenges of conducting social and behavioral public health research (such as measurement issues, mediation and moderation, latent variables). Develops skills for evaluating research, and presenting and disseminating original research. Integrates and consolidates the first year coursework in theory, measurement, and applied social science methods in research. Prepares students to better understand the modern measurement theory (e.g., CFA) and SEM in second-year coursework (e.g., Statistics for Psychosocial Research).

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the importance of measurement theory in social and behavioral sciences
Construct and validate measures of their data using hands-on exercises
Develop skills in the application of psychometric theory to social and behavioral sciences research
Discuss conceptual motivation for mediating variables
Perform and evaluate mediation analysis in regression analysis
Explore concept of moderation in the social and behavioral sciences
Demonstrate improved skills and basic competence in professional writing and presentation

Methods of Assessment: 50% final paper, 30% class participation, 20% presentation
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday 1:30 - 4:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent required for non-HBS students

For consent, contact:

140.621-140.623 or higher level sequence of biostatistics

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