Research Methods in Public Health - Tickner

Instructor

Dr. Joel Tickner
E-mail: joel_tickner@uml.edu
Office Hours: M/W 12:30-2 or by appointment

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Background

Descirption

Research Methods in Public Health

Introduction to research methodologies used in the study of community and environmental health problems. Students will discuss actual research studies conducted by UMASS Lowell faculty in the College of Health Sciences.

This course introduces students to the field of research in public health.  Research, critical thinking and writing are critical skills that every public health professional should master.  By the end of this course, you will establish a solid foundation in understanding research and communicating research results.   We will start with the basics – how do you define a research question; and move towards collecting data, analyzing data, drawing conclusions from data, and presenting research.   This is a challenging class but one that will be useful throughout your academic and professional careers.

Course Learning Objectives

 Learning Objectives:

 Measurement of Learning Objectives

Demonstrate the importance conducting research in an ethically sound way.

  • Human Subjects Certification
  • Quiz

Understand the basic steps of the research process.

  • Exam
  • Reading Responses
  • Critique assignment

Understand basics of different types of research.

  • Exam
  • Reading Responses

Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate and describe research.

  • Exam
  • Reading Responses
  • Critique assignment
  • Class Participation
  • Research reflections

Be able to find peer reviewed scientific literature.

  • Research reflections

Discriminate scientifically valid and less reputable sources.

  • Exam
  • Homeworks
  • Research reflections

Effectively communicate research findings

  • Critique assignment
  • Class Participation
  • Research reflections