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DrPH Proposal Planning Seminar

3rd term
International Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Sara Bennett

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 1st year DrPH Seminar series (zero credit)


Provides a grounding in research study design and supports students as they begin to think about their thesis topics and research. Familiarizes students with identifying research questions, developing a conceptual framework, and developing a study design. Focuses on alternative epistemologies and how epistemologies may influence study designs. Builds upon other methods classes and supports students to develop a short, draft research proposal of their own. Prepares students for their proposal work, although students can complete the course without having decided upon a dissertation topic.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain alternative epistemologies and how epistemologies may influence the research approach
  2. Describe the overall approach to designing a research study
  3. Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Development of short draft dissertation research proposal

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to DrPH students in second or higher years

Instructor Consent:

No consent required