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Outcomes and Effectiveness Research

East Baltimore
4th term
Clinical Investigation
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  5:30 - 8:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Susan M. Hutfless

Introductory biostatistics course sequence (e.g., 140.611-612 or 140.621-623), SOCI student, or consent of instructor.


Provides an overview of outcomes and effectiveness research. Emphasizes conceptual, design, and analytical aspects of research including policy implications. Covers both experimental (randomized) and observational designs. Topics covered include the spectrum of outcomes and effectiveness research. New additions to the course include qualitative research, cost-effectiveness and adaptive trial design.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe a wide variety of innovative approaches to outcomes and effectiveness investigation
  2. Craft a preliminary design for an outcomes or effectiveness study
  3. Develop skills needed to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of outcomes and effectiveness research
  4. Understand the implications of outcomes and effectiveness studies for end-users
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Final Paper
  • 20% Final Presentation

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students not in the GTPCI or SOCI programs.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

One of the 7 courses offered in the SOCI Award Program.