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Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Cassandra Crifasi

Public health is a science-based profession. An important part of that science is determining whether public health interventions achieve their intended objectives in practice. Whether your career goal is to become a researcher, a teacher, or a practitioner in public health, it is critical that you understand the principles and practices of that determination, to ensure that the interventions you pursue or advocate are in fact evidence-based.

Introduces basic principles and methods for undertaking scientifically rigorous research with a special emphasis on evaluations of interventions intended to improve health and safety. Focuses on evaluations of policy, health care delivery systems, and public health programs. Topics include the evaluation and health policy analysis; common research designs and their strengths and weaknesses; and internal and external validity with the intent of giving students the fundamental tools needed to conduct health policy evaluations and/or making them better consumers of research conducted by others.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Critique existing research evaluating a health policy or program
  2. Explain the relationship between the policy question and the research design
  3. Identify different types of study designs and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
  4. Assess which methodology is most appropriate to evaluate a given health policy or program
  5. Engage in reflection to ensure research follows ethical standards and meets stakeholder needs
  6. Design a simple evaluation
  7. Describe how research can influence policy and inform stakeholder goals
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% In-class Exercises
  • 50% Final Exam

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required