221.638.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Asha George
    Shivam Gupta
  • Teaching Assistant

    Casey Branchini


    skype: caseybranchini

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Articulate detailed uses of health systems research, and delineate between various kinds of health systems research
    • Describe research questions that are appropriate to health systems research, including writing their own health system research questions
    • Describe the role and nature of literature reviews for health systems research
    • Design appropriate conceptual frameworks for health systems research
    • Describe the types of evidence derived from diverse methodological approaches to health systems research, and the types of stakeholders and participants involved
    • Explain the role of mixed methods study designs as applicable to health systems research
    • Describe a range of applications of health systems research, and how to ensure rigor in the various applications (quasi-experimental methods, multilevel/longitudinal methods, use of administrative data, facility surveys, operations/implementation/translational research, case studies, participatory/action research, ethnography)
    • Articulate how cross-cutting issues such as ethics, gender and human rights, and complex adaptive systems are applied to health systems research
    • Develop a research design as part of a research proposal
  • Course Description
    Builds an understanding of the purpose and nature of health systems research as a multi-disciplinary endeavor with diverse research goals. Participants review the range of research questions, methodological approaches and study designs that health systems research encompasses, as well as cross-cutting issues pertinent to health systems research such as ethics, gender and human rights, complex adaptive systems and research rigor. Elements of developing a health systems research proposal are reviewed and developed by participants throughout the duration of the course.
  • Intended Audience
    Master's and doctoral students in IH and other departments
  • Methods of Assessment

    Course instructors have the discretion to curve the distribution, if required. 

    # Assessment Type Points
    1 Class attendance and participation 10/100
    2 Presentation 12/100
    3 Quizzes 18/100
    4 Health systems research (HSR) question and design 15/100
    5 Quantitative HSR research question and design  15/100
    6 Qualitative HSR research question and design  15/100
    7 Cross-cutting perspectives: CAS, gender and human rights 15/100


  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    Course notes prepared by the instructor and additional selected publications are required reading. A list of optional references is also provided. All of these documents are noted in the course syllabus.

  • 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.

  • Late Submission

    Delayed submissions lose five points (out of 100) for every day delayed. 

  • Disability Support Services
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