309.617.81 Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation II
- Health Policy and Management
- 4th term
- 2 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
Introduces basic methods for undertaking research and program evaluation within health services organizations and systems, and reviews major completed studies. Topics include the relationship between health services research (HSR) and health care policy and management; the multidisciplinary philosophy of HSR; research design, including experimental and quasi-experimental approaches; issues of reliability, validity, and measurement; survey research techniques; use of existing data systems; basic cost benefit and effectiveness analysis; and measurement of quality of care. Students critique published HSR studies and develop a design for a research or evaluation project.
- Learning Objectives:
- Critique published health services research and health program evaluations
- Develop a design for a research or evaluation project
- Describe the relationship between health services research and program evaluation
- Identify differences between basic and policy-relevant health services research projects and program evaluation
- Develop a conceptual framework for a study, showing the hypothesized causal variables and the expected outcomes
- Identify different types of study design, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
- Describe the basic issues related to measurement of variables
- Identify problems with measurement reliability and validity
- Identify aspects of quality of care and its measurement as they relate to health services research projects
- 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
- Demonstrate discuss of the basic concepts of cost benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
- Utilize secondary data and existing information sources in research projects
- Methods of Assessment:
Method of student evaluation based on midterm exam, final exam, and lab session participation.
- Instructor Consent:
Consent required for some students
- Consent Note:
Undergrads can register but must obtain instructor permission.
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- Special Comments:
Part I necessitates enrollment in Part II; grades given at end of Part II.