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410.870.01 HBS Research and Proposal Writing Process for Doctoral Students I

Health Behavior and Society
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Melissa Davey-Rothwell
Course Instructor s:

Acquaints doctoral students with the dissertation proposal and preparation for preliminary oral examination processes. Assists students in making progress on their own proposal through refinement of writing, literature synthesis and critique, and peer review skills. Each session focuses on a specific stage of proposal development for behavioral research including developing a comprehensive conceptual framework, formulating research questions and hypotheses, choosing appropriate study design and methodologies, identifying reliable and valid measures, developing a sound data analysis plan, and ensuring compliance with Human Subjects regulations. Reviews departmental and school-wide requirements for dissertation proposals and preliminary examinations. Discusses application of dissertation proposal and examination preparation skills to professional activities such as manuscript development and conference presentations.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Make progress on their dissertation proposals and understand the dissertation proposal writing process
  2. Build competencies for peer review and manuscript development that will enhance their proposal development skills
  3. Demonstrate skills for oral presentation and defense of their research in both academic and professional settings
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation will be based on class participation and attendance, individual presentations on proposal topics, written exercises, and initial draft of dissertation proposal.


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

HBS doctoral students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Grade is given for both 410.870 and 410.871 upon completion of 410.871.