Courses Details

PUBHLTH406: Research Methods in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Gamarel, Kristi
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: PUBHLTH 383
  • Description: This course provides students with fundamental principles of research methodologies relevant to public health research. We will review a range of methodologies, including randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and mixed-method approaches. We will develop enhanced capacity to understand and critically appraise data from scientific studies.
  • Course Goals: This introductory course is designed for students interested in methodologies to (i) address social determinants of health and (ii) design or critique to address public health problems. This introductory course provides students with fundamental principles of research methodologies relevant to public health research. We will review a range of methodologies, including randomized controlled trials, non-randomized evaluations, observational studies, and mixed-method approaches to research. We will develop enhanced capacity to understand and critically appraise data from scientific studies, in order to be critical consumers of research and engaged participants in scientific discourse. Throughout the course, we will also emphasis ethical and cultural issues that underpin public health research. The overarching aim of the assigned readings, exams, assignments, and discussions is to empower you to think rigorously, systematically, and judiciously regarding how to appraise or conduct public health.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Acquire a knowledge base of research methodologies used in public health research 2. Become a critical consumer of public health research and interventions 3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health 4. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge 5. Apply methodological principles toward planning public health research
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH406