About The Course
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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.

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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.

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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

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Course Time

Wed Fri   1:30 PM to 3:20 PM

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Course Faculty
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Intended Audience

Master's and doctoral students in IH and other departments

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Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

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

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

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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.

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Administrative Contact

Asha George
E-mail: asgeorge@jhsph.edu

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