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HBS Research and Proposal Writing Process for Doctoral Students II

East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  10:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Melissa Davey-Rothwell

Acquaints doctoral students with the dissertation proposal and preparation for preliminary oral examination processes. Assists students in making progress on their own proposal through refinement of writing, literature synthesis and critique, and peer review skills. Each session focuses on a specific stage of proposal development for behavioral research including developing a comprehensive conceptual framework, formulating research questions and hypotheses, choosing appropriate study design and methodologies, identifying reliable and valid measures, developing a sound data analysis plan, and ensuring compliance with Human Subjects regulations. Reviews departmental and school-wide requirements for dissertation proposals and preliminary examinations. Discusses application of dissertation proposal and examination preparation skills to professional activities such as manuscript development and conference presentations.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Make progress on their dissertation proposals and discuss the dissertation proposal writing process
  2. Build competencies for peer review and manuscript development that will enhance their proposal development skills
  3. Demonstrate skills for oral presentation and defense of their research in both academic and professional settings
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 5% Participation
  • 5% In-class Exercises
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 30% Final Paper


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

HBS doctoral students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Required for HBS doctoral students in their 2nd year

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Grade is given for both 410.870 and 410.871 upon completion of 410.871.