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.
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.
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
Wed Fri 1:30 PM to 3:20 PM
Master's and doctoral students in IH and other departments
Grading Policy: Class participation, exercises, and a term paper.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
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.