223.861.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 1 Credit(s)
W 12:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Luke Mullany
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Intelligently discuss the role of research in the improvement of the health status of populations throughout the world
    • Identify and compare aspects of the philosophy of science that are critical to the conduct of research
    • Constructively critique research methods employed by public health scientists
    • Formulate research questions that may develop into dissertation topics
  • Course Description
    Strengthens research skills through critical appraisal of published research results and preparation of research protocols or projects.
  • Intended Audience

    IH GDEC Doctoral Students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Based on class participation and presentations

  • Prerequisites
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    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.

  • Course topics

    First and Second Terms: 

    • Reading and discussing key articles from a variety of content domains. 
    • Senior faculty will present recent papers they were involved with focusing their discussion on methodology, development of the research question, the story behind the research and where this study leads to.  Faculty will discuss their research efforts in the context of their careers.
    • Meet the professors
    • Expectations of doctoral program and students

    Third and Fourth Terms:

    • Discussions with GDEC students in their 2nd year and beyond
    • How-to sessions
    • Student led sessions
      • Student critiques of published research articles
      • Presentations of preliminary dissertation research ideas
      • Both of these topics will focus on research questions, study design used, alternative designs that could have been used, possible follow up lines of inquiry, bias, analytic approaches. 
      • Both topics will allow students to create presentations for the class and engage in speaking skills development
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Luke Mullany, PhD, MHS
    Office: W5009
    Tel: 2-2626
    Home Page:

    Margaret Kosek, MD
    Office: 615 N.Wolfe Street, Suite E5545
    Tel: 410-955-5932
  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)


    • The goal of the GDEC PhD Seminar is to create a focused, small group environment for the entering PhD students, which actively engages them in relevant, challenging content necessary for success in the PhD program.   The content of the seminar will support and extend beyond those topics taught in the classroom setting. The doctoral student education does not merely consist of successful completion of required courses--each student is expected to become a leading scientific expert during the years spent at JHU. The doctoral seminar provides an opportunity to engage with senior faculty and move meaningfully toward selection of a dissertation topic and the skills necessary to successfully complete the PhD.


    Specific Aims:

    The specific aims to reach that goal are as follows: 

    • To gain a critical understanding of various study designs/research methods for answering public health questions
    • To develop skills for constructively evaluating primary research publications with particular attention to study methodology, bias and analysis
    • To gain insight into how research questions are developed and to formulate research questions that may develop into dissertation topics
    • To understand and provide mentorship in the required steps of the PhD program
    • Identify and compare aspects of the philosophy of science that are critical to the conduct of research
    • To develop speaking and presentation skills
    • To foster an environment of support and assistance among the students
  • Disability Support Services
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