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380.711.01 Issues in Survey Research Design

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jacinda Dariotis
Course Instructor:
  • Jacinda Dariotis

Leads participants through the process of designing their own survey. Examines the major decisions faced by a health researcher who wants to design and implement a survey. Explores the potential sources of bias associated with alternative approaches to sample design, respondent recruitment, data collection methods (interviews in-person or by telephone, computer assisted interviews, or mail surveys) instrument design, and field administration. Participants prepare a defensible proposal for a survey that they would like to conduct. Emphasizes population surveys, but not exclusively so.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify primary sources of error in surveys, and discuss the consequences of each type of error for survey findings 2
  2. Critically evaluate the design, construction and implications of studies based on survey research
  3. Formulate strategies for surveys that minimize error
  4. Critically evaluate the design, construction, and implications of surveys
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation and 3 papers.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Students who have not had a course in statistics

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

In addition to the homework, students are responsible for completing a matrix project in which they will organize, summarize, and provide examples for major concepts taught in the course.