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PBHE550 - Research Methods in Public Health

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE550 Course ID: 3628 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course teaches the student to design their own empirical research, and evaluate the research of others, in any of the sub-fields of public health. The course begins with an introduction to the field of public health. It introduces the philosophy of social science and several theoretical approaches used in public health. The course then concentrates on teaching the details of public health research design. The course takes the student step-by-step through qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research design and analysis methods. (Prerequisite: PBHE520)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of selected research methods and tools.
  2. Describe and examine the scientific method.
  3. Accomplish specific research tasks: hypothesis construction, conceptualizing terms, literature review, data collection, critical analysis, and communicate findings.
  4. Evaluate data and critically assess research findings.
  5. Judge the usefulness of various research approaches: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods analysis.
  6. Show graduate level critical thinking and writing.

Forums

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and posts after the end of the week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions and in the class each week. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Guidelines:

  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 450-500 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
  • Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
  • Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Assignments

For this course, students will be required to submit a writing assignment each of the eight (8) weeks. All papers should be formatted in APA format and style and are due by Sunday of each week.

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

Additional Readings:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). (2012). Guide to social science data preparation and archiving: Best practice throughout the data life cycle (5th ed.). Retrieved from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/deposit/guide/

Jackson, G., Kezar, A., Kozi, M., & de las Alas, N. (2006). Preparing scholarly reviews of the literature: A webtorial. Retrieved from http://www.gwu.edu/~litrev

Pole, K. (2007). Mixed method designs: A review of strategies for blending quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 20(4), 1-4.

Smith, D., Schwarz, N., Roberts, T.R., Ubel, P.A. (2006). Why are you calling me? How study introductions change response patterns. Quality of Life Research, 15(4), 621-630.

Spencer, L., Ritchie, J., Lewis J., & Dillon, L. (2003). Quality in qualitative evaluation: A framework for assessing research evidence. Retrieved from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/498322/a_quality_framework_tcm6-38740.pdf

Academic Writing Requirements:
The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Web Sites
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.
• APUS Library Public Health Program Guide: http://apus.libguides.com/friendly.php?s=public_health
• Public Health Research Methods Student Study Site: http://studysites.sagepub.com/guestph/study/default.htm
• Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
• American Psychological Association: http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx

Book Title:Public Health Research Methods (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
ISBN:9781452241333
Publication Info:Sage
Author:Guest, G. and Namey, E.
Unit Cost:$100.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.