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300.713.01 Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy I

Department:
Health Policy and Management
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Renan Castillo
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Description:

Introduces basic principles and methods for undertaking scientifically rigorous research with a special emphasis on evaluations of interventions intended to improve health and safety. Focuses on evaluations of health policies, health care delivery systems, and public health programs. Topics include the relationship between health services research, health policy research, health policy analysis and health program management; common research designs and their strengths and weaknesses; and internal and external validity with the intent of making students better consumers of research conducted by others.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Critique published health services research and health policy/program evaluations
  2. Describe the relationship between health services research and program evaluation
  3. Identify differences between basic and policy-relevant health services research projects and program evaluation
  4. Develop a conceptual framework for a study, showing the hypothesized causal variables and the expected outcomes
  5. Identify different types of study design, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation in this course is based on: two timed online/take-home quizzes (15% each); final exam (50%); and participation in class and lab sessions (20%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required