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Module 1 - Introduction to Global Health Research

The goal of this module is to introduce you to global health research, describe the characteristics of scientific research, and preview the stages of the research process that we will explore in more depth this semester.

Learning Objectives

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Class Sessions

Date Session
Jan 12 1.1 Welcome
Jan 17 1.2 Introduction to global health research
Jan 19 1.3 Tools of the trade

Homework

Assignment Due Date
None NA

Module 2 - Critical Appraisal

The goal of this module is to help you become a better consumer of research. This means learning how to search and evaluate the literature and claims of causality.

Learning Objectives

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Class Sessions

Date Session
Jan 24 2.1 Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Jan 26 2.2 Searching the literature
Jan 31 No class
Feb 02 2.3 Critical appraisal
Feb 07 2.4 Evaluating claims of causality

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Asking a question and searching the literature Feb 14

Module 3 - Data Collection and Measurement

The goal of this module is to introduce you to global health indicators, methods of data collection, and issues of measurement that you must consider when designing a study.

Learning Objectives

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Class Sessions

Date Session
Feb 09 3.1 Developing a theory of change
Feb 14 3.2 Global health indicators
Feb 16 3.3 Measurement
Feb 21 3.4 Quantitative methods of data collection
Feb 23 3.5 Qualitative methods of data collection

Homework

Assignment Due Date
From research questions to study measurement Mar 4

Module 4 - Sampling and Power

Now that you know how to ask an evidence-based research question and identify outcomes that you can define and measure, you are ready to think about the subjects of your research. Most often your research subjects—participants—will be people or places. You have two basic questions to answer about these participants:

  1. How will you find, recruit, and select them? (sampling)
  2. How many do you need to include to meet your study objectives? (power)

The goal of this module is to help you think through these two questions.

Class Sessions

Date Session
Feb 28 4.1 Sampling
Mar 02 4.2 Power and hypothesis testing

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Sampling: How and How Many? Mar 28

Mar 07: Review session

Mar 09: In-class midterm

Mar 14/16: No class, spring break


Module 5 - Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research Designs

The goal of this module is to teach you about the strengths and limitations of experimental designs and to introduce you to quasi-experimental designs that you can use for making causal inferences when random assignment is not possible.

Class Sessions

Date Session
Mar 21 5.1 Randomized controlled trials
Mar 23 5.2 Analysis of RCTs
Mar 28 5.3 Quasi: Pre/post, difference-in-differences, regression
Mar 30 5.4 Quasi: Regression discontinuity, interrupted time series

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 1 Apr 6

Module 6 - Observational and Qualitative Research Designs

The goal of this module is teach you how to use observational and qualitative designs to describe health phenomena and to triangulate evidence suggestive of a causal relationship between an exposure and an outcome.

Class Sessions

Date Session
Apr 04 6.1 Case-control and cohort
Apr 06 6.2 Case report, case series, and cross-sectional
Apr 11 6.3 Ethnography and grounded theory

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 2 Apr 18

Module 7 - Producing Research and Making an Impact

The goal of this module is to help you understand how research is produced and, with advance planning, can make an impact on policies and programs.

Class Sessions

Date Session
Apr 13 7.1 Writing proposals and manuscripts
Apr 18 7.2 Economic analyses
Apr 20 7.3 From research to policy impact

Homework

Assignment Due Date
None NA

Apr 25: Review

May 02, 7-10pm: Final Exam