300.703.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Judith Kasper
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Identify and describe key components of the methods used in articles published in the health services research literature including data sources, sample design, data collection methods, variable construction and analytic approach
    • Critique, by identifying strengths and weaknesses, the key components of the methods used in articles published in the health services research literature.
    • Describe why methodological weaknesses have implications for the internal and external validity of a study
    • Propose alternative methodological approaches that might strengthen a study and increase its validity
  • Course Description

    Each class covers readings in topics central to health services and health policy research including access to care, public and private insurance, geographic variation, quality of care, disparities, long term care, and health care spending in the last year of life. Classic articles from the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care and the Rand Health Insurance Experiment are included.  Students share in leading discussion of papers..

  • Methods of Assessment

    class participation

  • Course Schedule

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

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    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

    Judith Kasper, Ph.D
    Office: Hampton House 641
    Tel: 410-614-4016

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