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Research Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Health, Behavior and Society
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

One term biostatistics or consent of instructor. Social or behavioral sciences recommended.

Provides an overview of the design and conduct of research in the social and behavioral sciences as applied to public health. Draws primarily from the research perspectives and methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and health promotion, students examine the formulation of a research question, selection of a research design, selection of a study site and population, issues and methods of data collection, and measurement validity and reliability. Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the major types of research design used in the social sciences.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the role and importance of the scientific method
  2. Identify relevant ethical issues surrounding social science research
  3. Evaluate and critique existing social science research
  4. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative research designs
  5. Develop research aims intended to answer social science questions relevant to public health
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 5% Homework
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 30% Midterm
  • 35% Final Paper
Special Comments

This is the onsite section of a course also held virtual/online. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.