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DrPH Proposal Planning Seminar I

1st Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Students must have participated in the DrPH First-Year Seminar.

To master skills related to study design and prepare yourself for working on the dissertation proposal. Public health practitioners need to learn how to refine research questions and match questions to a study design.
Provides a grounding in research study design and supports students as they begin to think about their thesis topics and research. Familiarizes students with identifying research questions, developing a conceptual framework, and developing a study design. Focuses on alternative epistemologies.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Design a dissertation proposal to address a public health issue
  2. Evaluate potential research ideas for feasibility and discuss potential challenges to implementation during the dissertation phase of the DrPH program
  3. Describe the components of the dissertation proposal, including the creation of a conceptual framework, conducting a literature review, and choosing appropriate methods and data sources to address research questions
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Written Assignment(s)
Enrollment Restriction
Only DrPH students are permitted to take this course.
Special Comments

Students will register for DrPH Propsoal Planning Seminar I, II, and III. The final grade will be awarded after completion of all three courses. The first 2 courses/terms will be for 0 credit and the 3rd course/term will be for 1 credit.