This course looks at the various aspects of research as it pertains to health.
The course objectives are as follows:
Summarize the format of research
articles and the research methods included in each section of an article.
Analyze and critique research
questions, study design, methods including sample selection, bias, data
collection procedures, measures, and analysis plan, results, discussion
and interpretation of findings.
Compare and contrast different quantitative
Analyze the validity and reliability
Understand the ethical and cultural
issues related to research methods.
Week One: Sections of a Research Article, Abstracts, and the Introduction of a Paper (Literature Review, Significance of Problem, Research Questions, and Operational Definitions)
Identify the 4 sections of scientific research articles
Determine the purpose of the abstract
Identify the 2 key components of the introduction section of an article
Identify 3 elements of a research question
Understand why operational definitions are important
Week Two: Methods Section — Study Designs
Answer 5 questions to identify study designs
Understand the relation between types of study designs and the time frame of the study
Identify the data collection procedures by the study design
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of cohort, cross-sectional, and case-control study designs