Doctoral Seminar in Mixed Methods for Public Health Research
- East Baltimore
- 4th term
- Health Behavior and Society
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2017 - 2018
- Class Times:
- Friday, 9:00 - 11:50am
Introduces doctoral students to emerging discussions and interdisciplinary 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 ability 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 resources 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:
See consent note.
- Instructor Consent:
Consent required for some students
- Consent Note:
Postdoctoral and doctoral students who have not fulfilled these specific requirements, as well as master’s students who have taken the prerequisite courses, should contact the instructor for permission to register.
- For consent, contact:
- 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.