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Advanced Research and Evaluation Methods in Health Policy

East Baltimore
3rd Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Introduces basic principles and methods for undertaking scientifically rigorous research with a special emphasis on evaluations of interventions intended to improve health and safety. Focuses on evaluation of health policies, health care delivery systems, and public health programs. Topics include the relationship between health services research, health policy research, health policy analysis and health program management; common research designs and their strengths and weaknesses; internal and external validity; survey research techniques; qualitative research methods; and basic cost effectiveness analysis with the intent of making students better conductors of research.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Assess different types of study designs, including observational, pre-experimental and experimental designs, and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
  2. Critique and create conceptual, logic, and hypothesis-testing models for research questions
  3. Differentiate quantitative and qualitative techniques commonly used in health services research and health policy evaluation, and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  4. Identify key features of systematic and meta-analyses
  5. Describe core principles of research ethics
  6. Discuss how survey research is used in health services research, including choice of sampling techniques, determination of sample size, and writing appropriate survey questions
  7. Explain the basic concepts of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation
  • 30% Midterm
  • 50% Final Exam
Final grade applies to all terms
Enrollment Restriction
HPM PhD students only