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Assessing Health Status and Patient Outcomes

Beijing, China
4th term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
  • Junya Zhu
Judith Holzer

Familiarizes students with current methods of assessing health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and provides a conceptual basis for understanding the measurement of HRQoL and other patient-reported outcomes (PROs). Examines methods used in the development of PRO measures (PROMs), and where applicable, provides demonstrations. Presents a framework for judging the appropriateness of particular measures in a variety of contexts. Exposes students to current issues and problems in PRO assessment as well as areas for further research. Concentrates primarily on general HRQoL measurement, but offers students the option of focusing on a disease-specific measure for the final paper.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Debate the importance of using HRQoL and other PRO measures in research, clinical practice, and program evaluation
  2. Compare the strengths and weaknesses of commonly used instruments for measuring health status
  3. Critique the use of PROs in specific applications
  4. Select an instrument for their own work
  5. Plan the development of a new instrument or the cultural adaptation of an existing one
  6. Critically discuss the challenges of using PRO assessments in research and clinical practice
Methods of Assessment:

Short answer midterm, article review paper, participation, and final paper.

Enrollment Restriction:

Part-time DrPH students in the Tsinghua cohort only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

enrollment restricted to students in the Tsinghua DrPH cohort

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Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3 days in Beijing China. Students will be required to complete assignment prior to the first class session.