309.718.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Kitty Chan
  • Course Learning Objectives

  • Course Description
    The goal of this course is to introduce students to Item Response Theory (IRT) and its potential applications in health research and practice. Students will learn about key assumptions, concepts, widely used models and procedures for implementing basic techniques through classroom lectures. As part of each session, students will also discuss an assigned reading on current applications of this method to appreciate the diverse ways this framework has been used in the health field.
  • Intended Audience
    PhD students in HPM and other degree-seeking candidates
  • Methods of Assessment
    Two exercises/problem sets (25% each) and a final project (50%) Students will be asked to complete all three assignments individually using an existing dataset, either an appropriate dataset of their choice or a dataset provided by the instructor.
  • Prerequisites
    309.712.81 or 330.657.01 or consent of instructor
  • Course Schedule

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

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