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Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation I

3rd term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Yea-Jen Hsu

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces basic methods for undertaking research and program evaluation within health services organizations and systems. In addition to basic methods, also provides "the state of the art" in research and evaluation through the review of major completed studies. Recommended for students who will be carrying out policy research, social science research, or program impact evaluation within health delivery systems. Also relevant to those who will apply the results of Health Services Research (HSR) done by others.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Critique published health services research and health program evaluations
  2. Develop a design for a research or evaluation project
  3. Describe the relationship between health services research and program evaluation
  4. Identify differences between basic and policy-relevant health services research projects and program evaluation
  5. Develop a conceptual framework for a study, showing the hypothesized causal variables and the expected outcomes
  6. Identify different types of study design, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
  7. Describe the basic issues related to measurement of variables
  8. Identify problems with measurement reliability and validity
  9. Identify aspects of quality of care and its measurement as they relate to health services research projects
  10. Discuss how survey research is used in health services research and evaluation, in terms of choice of sampling techniques, determination of sample size, and approaches to writing survey questions
  11. Demonstrate and discuss the basic concepts of cost benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
  12. Utilize secondary data and existing information sources in research projects
  13. Discuss ethical concerns in protection of human subjects in health services research
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 35% Midterm Paper
  • 15% LiveTalks
  • 50% Final Paper


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

do not register for 300.713 and this course.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required