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Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2018 - 2019
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Cassandra Kercher Crifasi

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: midterm exam (30%); final exam (50%); and participation in class and lab sessions/completion of weekly quizzes (20%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required