312.693.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
WF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Jodi Segal
    Albert Wu
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • describe the role of comparative effectiveness research and outcomes research in improving health, which includes the place of comparative effectiveness research in the U S research portfolio, the identity and agendas of stakeholders, and the policy impl
    • illustrate the difference between efficacy and effectiveness research
    • develop study designs and methodologies unique to effectiveness research
    • choose appropriate outcomes and match outcomes to design options to address priority topics
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to the motivation and methods of comparative effectiveness research. Reviews the problems faced by decision makers across the US health care system, and the priority topics for investigation. Explains the role of stakeholders, including payors, manufacturers, health care organizations, professional groups, providers and patients. Explains study designs and methods used in effectiveness research, focusing in particular on observational studies. Also describes the policy implications of this research.
  • Intended Audience
    masters and doctoral students in BSPH and SOM
  • Methods of Assessment

    Midterm exercise is a short answer take home activity.

    Final exam is one-page essays (3) and short answer responses (3).

    There are also brief assignments with each class that are ungraded and will be discussed collectively in class

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    All course material will be made available through the e-reserves web site.

  • 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.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Supriya Shah (course TA)

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