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Social and Behavioral Interventions Doctoral Proposal Development Seminar

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Pamela Surkan

Guides students through the process of developing a dissertation proposal for the doctoral degree in SBI. Introduces the proposal requirements and provides information about the oral defense, including forming committees. Sessions include discussions of students’ projects to help define the scope of a dissertation, understand how to use conceptual frameworks, approach the literature review, research methods, and analytic plan. Also discusses research ethics. Students work with the faculty instructor and in pairs and/or small groups to critique each others’ proposals during the process of developing their own proposals.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop research aims, hypotheses and a identify/develop an appropriate conceptual model
  2. Review and consolidate the literature related to their dissertation topic
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of their methodology and study design
  4. Develop a feasible study timeline
  5. Discuss and constructively critique their proposal and the proposals of other doctoral students in the seminar
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Participation
  • 60% Written Assignment(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

SBI doctoral students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Non-SBI students may enroll only with consent of instructor.

For consent, contact: