410.711.01 DOCTORAL SEMINAR IN MIXED METHODS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
- Health Behavior and Society
- 4th term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2012 - 2013
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
Friday, 9:00 - 11:50am
Introduces doctoral students to emerging discussions and applications of mixed methods research in public health. Explores mixed methods as a third research paradigm that involves the utilization of both quantitative and qualitative methods within a single inquiry to enhance the researcher's abililty to understand the problem at hand. Fosters synthesis of and engaged reflection on qualitative and quantitative research training. Specific topics include: history and language of mixed methods research; relevant paradigms and epistemological debates; mixed methods design and research questions; and analysis and dissemination considerations.
- Learning Objectives:
- Interpret and use the language of mixed methods alongside the terminology of qualitative and quantitative designs.
- Explain the paradigms that have informed the development of mixed methods research and to assess how those paradigms might influence the student’s own work.
- Discuss the philosophical aspects of a variety of research approaches as a means to enhance their development as independent researchers.
- Demonstrate an understanding of several typologies of mixed methods research.
- Choose an appropriate mixed-methods design and analytic strategy to address a relevant public health problem.
- Identify and understand relevant resoruces in the academic literature in order to continue learning new ideas and approaches for mixed methods research.
- Apply mixed methods to an idea of professional interest and to develop a mixed methods research proposal related to that idea.
- Methods of Assessment:
- Weekly analysis of readings; discussant preparation for small-group assignment; annotated outline of research proposal involving application of a mixed methods approach to student research question of interest; class participation.
- Enrollment Restriction:
- Restricted to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
- Instructor Consent:
- Consent required for some students
- Consent Note:
Consent required for doctoral students who have not yet completed at least one each of the list of qualitative and quantitative course prerequisites.
- For consent, contact:
Formal coursework or experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Special Comments:
- Weekly half-page written reflection on the relevance of the readings for the development of the student’s future research; preparation as discussant for one class period (small group assignment); annotated outline of the content of a research proposal involving the application of a mixed methods approach to a research question of interest to the student; and class participation.