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Health Systems Research and Evaluation in Developing Countries

East Baltimore
4th term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Class Times:
  • W F,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Asha George

Builds an understanding of the purpose and nature of health systems research as a multi-disciplinary endeavor with diverse research goals. Participants review the range of research questions, methodological approaches and study designs that health systems research encompasses, as well as cross-cutting issues pertinent to health systems research such as ethics, gender and human rights, complex adaptive systems and research rigor. Elements of developing a health systems research proposal are reviewed and developed by participants throughout the duration of the course.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate detailed uses of health systems research, and delineate between various kinds of health systems research
  2. Describe research questions that are appropriate to health systems research, including writing their own health system research questions
  3. Describe the role and nature of literature reviews for health systems research
  4. Design appropriate conceptual frameworks for health systems research
  5. Describe the types of evidence derived from diverse methodological approaches to health systems research, and the types of stakeholders and participants involved
  6. Explain the role of mixed methods study designs as applicable to health systems research
  7. Describe a range of applications of health systems research, and how to ensure rigor in the various applications (quasi-experimental methods, multilevel/longitudinal methods, use of administrative data, facility surveys, operations/implementation/translational research, case studies, participatory/action research, ethnography)
  8. Articulate how cross-cutting issues such as ethics, gender and human rights, and complex adaptive systems are applied to health systems research
  9. Develop a research design as part of a research proposal
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation, exercises, and a term paper.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required