MED 51009 Selectives in Population Health Research, Part II

MED 51009 Selectives in Population Health Research, Part II

This is Part 2 of a two-year course. The course divided into two tracks: Integration of Research and Practice (“Track 1”) and Independent Research (“Track 2”). In both tracks, the core content will teach students to identify relevant research problems, define strong research questions, develop testable hypotheses, conduct sound literature reviews, evaluate the quality of published research articles, and make causal inferences from either published data or newly collected data. Ethical issues in conducting population health research will be discussed. Student groups will be given 3-4 population health problems and asked to address these problems using the published literature. The first problem will be a guided example, in which students are introduced to the methodology, and students will address the next problems with increasing independence. In the Integration of Research and Practice track, students will explore a population health problem using the published literature and their final course project is a publishable manuscript that addresses a research question developed by the student. In the Independent Research track, student groups will conduct an independent, mentored risk factor epidemiology, community health, or health services research project. They will be asked to develop a research question and study proposal, and carry out this research with a mentor over the course of several months. The final course project is a publishable manuscript that reports on the study. Students in both tracks will be given a list of topics that align with faculty expertise. Proposals for the final project must be approved by both the course director and a faculty mentor. The final manuscript will be reviewed by two faculty members.

Credits: 1; Hours: 1