About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for RESEARCH DESIGN IN THE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (410.615.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Provides an overview of the design and conduct of research in the social and behavioral sciences, as applied to public health. Drawing primarily from the research perspectives and methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and psychology, students examine the formulation of a research question; selection of a research design, study site, and population; and issues and methods of data collection. Evaluates the major types of social sciences research design (experimental, quasi-experimental, observation), and discusses the ways in which each social science perspective shapes the conduct and results of research, compared to other disciplines in public health, such as epidemiology.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • compare different scientific philosophies in social and behavioral sciences, and the theories and methods of research derived from those philosophies
  • define and design theory, hypotheses, constructs, and measurement strategies relevant to scientific inquiry in the social and behavioral sciences
  • evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a wide range of research designs in the social and behavioral sciences, and consider the strength of scientific evidence presented by these research activities

Course Time

Wed Fri   10:30 AM to 11:50 AM

Course Faculty

Two terms biostatistics or consent of instructor. Social or behavioral sciences recommended.

Intended Audience

Doctoral and master's students

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a critique of existing research and on a research design.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Elaine Doherty
E-mail: edoherty@jhsph.edu