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300.715.01 Research and Evaluation Methods in Health Policy II

Department:
Health Policy and Management
Term:
4th 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:
Cassandra Kercher Crifasi
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Prerequisite:

300.713 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHODS IN HEALTH POLICY I

Description:

Builds upon the principles and skills introduced in Research and Evaluation Methods I to prepare students to develop research and evaluation proposals. Topics include approaches for assessing the impact of health policy and health program implementation; survey research techniques; qualitative research methods; quality of care and outcomes measurement; use of existing health and safety data; measurement issues of reliability and validity; and basic cost benefit and effectiveness analysis with the intent of making students better conductors of research.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop an appropriate study design for a research or evaluation project
  2. Describe different types of study design, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
  3. Describe the basic issues related to measurement of variables
  4. Identify problems with measurement reliability and validity
  5. Discuss how survey research is used in health services research and evaluation including choice of sampling techniques, determination of sample size, and approaches to writing survey questions
  6. Demonstrate the basic concepts of cost benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
  7. Identify appropriate secondary data and existing information sources in research projects
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on: one page proposal topic form (15%); two page proposal summary (15%); final research proposal (50%); and participation in class and lab sessions (20%)

Enrollment Restriction:

graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required