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410.615.01 Research Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Health Behavior and Society
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Roland Thorpe
Course Instructor s:

One term biostatistics or consent of instructor. Social or behavioral sciences recommended.


Provides an overview of the design and conduct of research in the social and behavioral sciences as applied to public health. Drawing primarily from the research perspectives and methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and health promotion, students will examine: formulation of a research question, selection of a research design, selection of a study site and population, issues and methods of data collection, and measurement validity and reliability. Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the major types of research design used in the social sciences.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the role and importance of the scientific method
  2. Identify relevant ethical issues surrounding social science research
  3. Evaluate and critique existing social science research
  4. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative research designs
  5. Develop research aims intended to answer social science questions relevant to public health
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class attendance and participation (10%), lab activities (15%), an online quiz (15%), completion of human subjects training certificate (10%), critique of a research article (20%), and final assignment (30%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required