380.821.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
12:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Develop a research question, study aims, and hypotheses to be used in a dissertation proposal
    • Conduct a literature review which identifies current research and gaps as they relate to the study and research questions and aims
    • Identify an appropriate study design including study population and methodology- quantitative and qualitative
    • Identify data sets or setting for data collection
    • Examine frameworks and find appropriate frameworks for the study
    • Review analytic methods
    • Develop a feasible timeline for the study
    • Consider ethical issues and IRB approval
    • Identify potential funding sources
  • Course Description

    Explores the process of developing a dissertation proposal to prepare PFRH students for departmental and preliminary oral exams. Covers the nuts and bolts of writing a proposal from developing a research question through completing a timeline and obtaining IRB approval. Combines readings and student presentations as well as occasional guest lectures. Intended only for students in the department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

  • Intended Audience

    PFRH Doctoral students who have completed second year comps.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Monthly presentations of progress on thesis proposal

    Grading Restrictions: Pass and Fail

  • Prerequisites

    Must be PFRH Doctoral Student; must have completed second year comprehensive exams.

  • 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:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.