APPLICATIONS OF ITEM RESPONSE THEORY (IRT) IN HEALTH RESEARCH AND PRACTICE Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
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.
PhD students in HPM and other degree-seeking candidates
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: 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.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
309.712.81 or 330.657.01 or consent of instructor
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
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