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PFRH Proposal Writing Seminar

East Baltimore
1st term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
M. E. Hughes

Must be PFRH Doctoral Student; must have completed second year comprehensive exams.


Focuses on development of dissertation project, writing dissertation proposal, and preparation for Department and Schoolwide Preliminary Exams. Explains dissertation expectations and requirements. Reviews dissertation proposal structure and components. Discusses evaluation of existing research, identification of gaps and topics, and design of research projects. Emphasizes clear communication of ideas. Provides opportunity to present work-in-progress and receive peer feedback. Introduces proposal assessment through review of peers’ work. Provides forum to practice Preliminary Exam presentation including answering questions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Demonstrate progress towards completion of a dissertation proposal and successfully completing the School-Wide Preliminary Examination.
  2. Recognize and critically evaluate the elements of a research proposal.
  3. Provide constructive feedback on research proposals.
Methods of Assessment:

To earn credit for the course, students must present their proposal in progress, serve as discussant for another student's draft, and participate actively in class discussions.

Enrollment Restriction:

PFRH Doctoral Students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required