Assessing Health Status and Patient Outcomes provides students with an understanding of the conceptual basis for measures of health; desribes some of the common measures—their properties, strengths, and weaknesses; and gives a framework for judging the appropriateness of a particular measure for students' own work.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
MPH, MHS, and doctoral students along with special students.
Short answer midterm, article review paper, participation, and final paper.
Introduction to Online Learning.
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Students should be familiar with the policies and procedures specified under Policy and Procedure Manual Student-01 (Academic Ethics), available on the school’s http://my.jhsph.edu portal.
The faculty, staff and students of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University have the shared responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds the law and respects the rights of others. Students enrolled in the School are subject to the Student Conduct Code (detailed in Policy and Procedure Manual Student-06) and assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner which upholds the law and respects the rights of others. They are responsible for maintaining the academic integrity of the institution and for preserving an environment conducive to the safe pursuit of the School's educational, research, and professional practice missions.
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This course has required articles and one non-required, but recommended textbook. The recommended textbook for this course is as follows: Streiner, D. L., & Norman, G. R. (2008). Health measurement scales: A practical guide to their development and use (4th ed). New York: Oxford University Press.
You can buy the textbook through the Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center:
Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center
1830 East Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205, U.S.A.
The required course readings will be available online through Ares, the e-reserve system, at https://ares.library.jhu.edu/shib. You will need your JHED ID to log in.
Additional course information, such as assignments and recommended readings, will be available in the Online Library.
Grades for the course will be based on class participation and the written assignments as follows:
Periodic assignments and participation (15%): Students will be required to view the Obesity Vignette Exercise prior to Live Talk 1. The two files that are required for the Obesity Vignette Exercise are in the Online Library and are also on the Vignette Exercise page (in the Course Content section). Students must submit their completed Obesity-40 Quality of Life Survey (O-40) in the Dropbox prior to Live Talk 1.
Article critique (20%): Students will choose one of four articles and write a brief review. A file with details about the article critique assignment is available in the Online Library. The four articles students will choose from are available on eReserves. The article critique assignment is due in the Dropbox.
Midterm (30%): The midterm assignment is designed to test your knowledge of the core concepts of the course. It will consist of short answer questions based on the required readings and lecture materials. The midterm will be emailed out to all students. It must be completed and submitted to the Dropbox one week later.
Final paper (35%, including 5% for topic form submission): Students will formulate a research question (can be related to any patient population or any disease area of interest) that requires an assessment of health related quality of life, or another patient reported outcome, and write a paper outlining a related measurement strategy. A file with details about the article critique assignment is available in the Online Library. The final paper must be submitted via the course Dropbox.
The School takes plagiarism very seriously and recommends that you use the Student Handbook on Referencing available in the Online Library for guidance on correct referencing. These guidelines are also available on the School’s internal Web site (my.jhsph.edu) in the student section. Cases of suspected plagiarism will be handled and reviewed as per the School’s Academic Ethics Code.
The content of the course is presented through lectures and the concepts applied during LiveTalk discussions over the eight-week period of the 2nd term.
Lectures: Students are expected to complete the lectures as scheduled.
LiveTalk sessions: The course will incorporate three LiveTalk sessions, one in the first half of the class, and two in the second half of the class. In the first LiveTalk session we will review the development of a new PRO measure. The second LiveTalk will cover the initial testing of such a measure. The final LiveTalk covers how to read and critique a research paper that uses a PRO. The emphasis of these sessions will be to put to practical use the skills gained during the lecture portion of the course. All LiveTalk sessions will be recorded and archived.
For students available to meet in East Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health campus, we are offering an alternative to the LiveTalk sessions, the in-person LiveTalk sessions. These allow students the opportunity to engage with course faculty in-person. The material presented will be similar to that in the LiveTalk sessions.
Students will receive credit for attending a Livetalk if they do the following: 1.) attend a regular LiveTalk; 2) attend an in-person LiveTalk; or 3) listen to the archived LiveTalk.
Discussion Forum: The lecture and LiveTalk content should be discussed with other students in the online Discussion Forum. Participation in the Forum is a course requirement.
Assignments: The purpose of the periodic assignments, midterm assignment, article critique, and final paper are to integrate and apply the information discussed in lectures and LiveTalks with data from published studies on assessing health status and patient-reported health outcomes. Students will be asked to answer a series of questions applying the knowledge and critical reading techniques they have learned in the course.