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PFRH First Year Doctoral Seminar Part 2

East Baltimore
4th Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
This is a blended course. Over the course of the term, eight hours of classroom time will be replaced by outside-of-class work.
Thursday, 12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Fosters students' critical and creative thinking skills to develop research questions in their areas of interest. Reviews research articles to demonstrate the critical link between research questions and appropriate research designs. Discusses forums for disseminating research findings. Introduces students to department, school, and community resources for conducting literature searches, developing research designs, funding research, and obtaining IRB approval. Demystifies the doctoral experience through discussion of pathways by recently graduated PFRH doctoral students.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop literature-informed research questions in their areas of specialization
  2. Use critical and creative thinking skills to link scientific questions with appropriate research designs
  3. Discuss strategies for obtaining and managing research funding
  4. Evaluate different approaches used to communicate research findings
  5. Identify resources to support their research within the department, school and Baltimore
  6. Establish personal objectives for the doctoral program that reflect their research agenda and career aspirations
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Participation
  • 40% Discussion
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 10% Research question assignment
Enrollment Restriction
Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health 1st year doctoral students