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Social and Behavioral Interventions Doctoral Proposal Development Seminar

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads 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. Includes 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. Discusses research ethics. Works with the faculty instructor 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. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of their methodology and study design
  3. Develop a feasible study timeline
  4. Discuss and constructively critique their proposal and the proposals of other doctoral students in the seminar
  5. Evaluate and critique the relevant literature on a topic and frame a research question in terms of study goals and specific aims
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: