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Advanced Research and Evaluation Methods in Health Policy

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Renan Castillo

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 evaluation of health policies, health care delivery systems, and public health programs. Topics include the relationship between health services research, health policy research, health policy analysis and health program management; common research designs and their strengths and weaknesses; internal and external validity; survey research techniques; qualitative research methods; and basic cost effectiveness analysis with the intent of making students better conductors of research.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess different types of study designs, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
  2. Critique and create conceptual, logic, and hypothesis-testing models for research questions
  3. Differentiate quantitative and qualitative techniques commonly used in health services research and health policy evaluation, and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  4. Identify key features of systematic and meta-analyses
  5. Describe core principles of research ethics
  6. Discuss how survey research is used in health services research, including choice of sampling techniques, determination of sample size, and writing appropriate survey questions
  7. Explain the basic concepts of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
Methods of Assessment:

Mini-quizzes (10%); Midterm (30%); Final (50%); Participation (10%)

Enrollment Restriction:

HPM PhD students only

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Non-HPM PhD students must obtain consent of instructor to register

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