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308.702.01 Data and Methods for Studying U.S. Health Politics

Health Policy and Management
4th term
1 credit
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Colleen Barry
Course Instructor:
  • Colleen Barry

Concurrent enrollment in Role of Government in HP (308.602)


Examines the topics discussed in the Role of Government in Health Policy course, focusing on the methods used to conduct research on health politics topics. Discusses: (1) developing research questions and testable hypotheses, (2) identifying data sources, and (3) choosing appropriate methods for analyzing data using examples from a range of current health politics topics. Topics are based on student interests and vary each year. Students gain experience writing a brief research proposal based on a research question of their choice, presenting the proposal in front of the class and leading an in-class discussion on the research topic.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain methodological approaches to conducting research on health politics topics
  2. Critically evaluate research methods proposed for studying contemporary issues in health politics
Methods of Assessment:

1. A two-page written research proposal to study a health politics topic (45%)
2. An oral presentation of the research proposal in class & leading a class discussion on the topic (45%)
3. Participation in four two-hour sessions (10%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate students are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

All students are required to obtain consent from the instructor

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