INTRODUCTION TO BIOSOCIAL METHODS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH Syllabus

380.757.01 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Term | 3 Credit(s)
MTWThF 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Define what biomarkers are and explain how biomarkers and survey information work in concert to strengthen research designs and address important public health questions.
    • Design and discuss conceptual frameworks that incorporate biological, social, and environmental factors in explaining health processes
    • Identify the various ways that biomarkers may be collected and associated advantages and disadvantages of each.  Introduction to top methods currently in the field to understand what is available, what is possible, what is minimally invasive, etc
    • Have a greater appreciation of what research questions can be asked and learn when using different types of biological and social data.
    • Explain the methodological issues, ethical concerns associated with the collection of biomarkers in research.
    • Explore the relevance of biomarker information to their research interests.
    • Learn about and report on one major data set that incorporates biomarkers.
    • Building future collaborations by catalyzing networks of researchers.
    • Creating opportunities for further training by informing students about more advanced courses around Hopkins for their area of interest and making connections with other experts who have labs and may have short internships or other training opportunities for participants.
  • Course Description

    Introduces students to the issues and methods of combining biological and behavioral information in research. Addresses issues relevant to social researchers who collect biological measures or may find biomarker collection useful in studying their topic area. Specific issues include: (1) defining biomarkers; (2) links among theory, non-biological measures, and biological measures; (3) formulation of research questions and scope limitations of questions that may be addressed using biomarkers; (4) comparison of gold-standards and cutting edge techniques for collection biological specimens; and (5) ethical and policy implications regarding biomarker collection and utilization.

  • Intended Audience

    Graduate students, Faculty, Post doctoral students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Students are evaluated on preparation for class discussion, understanding of concepts covered throughout the course, and application of concepts via written assignments and class presentation.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    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.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services: baddison@jhsph.edu, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.