308.702.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 1 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
    Colleen Barry
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Explain methodological approaches to conducting research on health politics topics
    • Critically evaluate research methods proposed for studying contemporary issues in health politics
  • Course Description
    Examines the topics discussed in the Role of Government in Health Policy course, focusing on the methods used to conduct research on health politics topics. Discusses: (1) developing research questions and testable hypotheses, (2) identifying data sources, and (3) choosing appropriate methods for analyzing data using examples from a range of current health politics topics. Topics are based on student interests and vary each year. Students gain experience writing a brief research proposal based on a research question of their choice, presenting the proposal in front of the class and leading an in-class discussion on the research topic.
  • Intended Audience
    This one credit seminar is geared toward JHSPH doctoral students. Non-doctoral students can enroll only with permission of the course instructor.
  • Methods of Assessment
    1. A two-page written research proposal to study a health politics topic (45%) 2. An oral presentation of the research proposal in class & leading a class discussion on the topic (45%) 3. Participation in four two-hour sessions (10%)
  • Prerequisites
    Concurrent enrollment in Role of Government in HP (308.602)
  • Course Schedule

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

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