Courses Taught by Carissa Schmidt

HBEHED530: Techniques of Survey Research

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Schmidt, Carissa (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Students should have completed at least one Biostatistics/Statistics course or will need permission of instructor
  • Description: Techniques of survey research are introduced including survey design, modes of data collection, sampling, questionnaire construction, maintaining data quality, pretesting techniques, ethical considerations, and management of survey study teams. This course focus on innovative data collection methods, skill-building interactive workshops and real world experiences from survey researchers in the field.

HBEHED592: Health Program Evaluation

  • Graduate level
  • Online MPH only
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students
  • Instructor(s): Schmidt, Carissa (Online MPH);
  • Prerequisites: Population and Health Sciences MPH
  • Advisory Prerequisites: .
  • Description: The goal of this course is to teach students how to design evaluations and become critical consumers of evaluation reports. This course covers the theoretical concepts and methodologies of evaluation including process and impact evaluation, evaluation designs and threats to validity, measurement, and basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis basics.
  • Learning Objectives: Course Goals/Foundational Competencies (FC) ● Select methods to evaluate public health programs (CEPH #11). ● Apply research and evaluation methods to understand the effect of health education and health behavior interventions (HBHE #3). Learning Objectives Specifically, you will be able to: 1. Articulate the role of systematic evaluation in public health. 2. Describe the types of evaluations, their purpose and the typical strategies of each. 3. Create logic models of programs and use them to formulate evaluation questions. 4. Understand and address validity and reliability in evaluation designs and measurement. 5. Gain familiarity with common methods of collecting high quality evaluation data. 6. Critically review evaluation reports. 7. Design and communicate an evaluation plan that is suitable for a specific program.

HBEHED593: Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Psychosocial Determinants of Health

  • Graduate level
  • Online MPH only
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students
  • Instructor(s): Schmidt, Carissa (Online MPH);
  • Prerequisites: None, but is only available to online MPH students
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • Description: HBEHED 593 is a 2-credit course designed to provide an overview of the psychosocial determinants that affect the health of individuals, communities, and populations. This course addresses these determinants within theories, models, and frameworks of health behavior and explores the practical application of theory to public health practice.
  • Learning Objectives: Course Competencies This course substantially covers material related to the following HBHE Concentration Competencies:  Describe how to use social-ecological and life course frameworks to address key determinants of health and health disparities through programs and policies  Apply relevant social and behavioral science theories, concepts and models that are designed to understand and modify health behavior Course Learning Objectives By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:  Distinguish between a theory, model, and framework  Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health through the use of relevant social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks  Describe the role of social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks in identifying appropriate points of intervention  Evaluate the strengths and limitations of different social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks  Apply social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks to understand a public health issue and to identify appropriate intervention approaches.

HBEHED624: Needs Assessment Methods for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Schmidt, Carissa (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course will cover a mixed-methods approach to conducting needs assessments; including collection of primary data (e.g. surveys, focus groups, and interviews) and secondary data (e.g. agency, state statistics, and census). Furthermore, a global perspective will be used to study various international efforts using health equity needs assessments.