About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND EVALUATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (221.638.01), a course offered by the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Builds an understanding of the purpose and nature of health systems research as a multi-disciplinary endeavor with diverse research goals. Participants review the range of research questions, methodological approaches and study designs that health systems research encompasses, as well as cross-cutting issues pertinent to health systems research such as ethics, gender and human rights, complex adaptive systems and research rigor. Elements of developing a health systems research proposal are reviewed and developed by participants throughout the duration of the course.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Articulate detailed uses of health systems research, and delineate between various kinds of health systems research
  • Describe research questions that are appropriate to health systems research, including writing their own health system research questions
  • Describe the role and nature of literature reviews for health systems research
  • Design appropriate conceptual frameworks for health systems research
  • Describe the types of evidence derived from diverse methodological approaches to health systems research, and the types of stakeholders and participants involved
  • Explain the role of mixed methods study designs as applicable to health systems research
  • Describe a range of applications of health systems research, and how to ensure rigor in the various applications (quasi-experimental methods, multilevel/longitudinal methods, use of administrative data, facility surveys, operations/implementation/translational research, case studies, participatory/action research, ethnography)
  • Articulate how cross-cutting issues such as ethics, gender and human rights, and complex adaptive systems are applied to health systems research
  • Develop a research design as part of a research proposal

Course Time

Wed Fri   1:30 PM to 3:20 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

Master's and doctoral students in IH and other departments

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Class participation, exercises, and a term paper.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Textbooks Required

Course notes prepared by the instructor and additional selected publications are required reading. A list of optional references is also provided. All of these documents are noted in the course syllabus.

Administrative Contact

Asha George
E-mail: asgeorge@jhsph.edu