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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
Aug 29 1.1 Welcome
Aug 31 1.2 Introduction to global health research
Sep 5 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
Sep 7 2.1 Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Sep 12 2.2 Searching the literature
Sep 14 2.3 Critical appraisal
Sep 19 2.4 Evaluating claims of causality

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Asking a question and searching the literature Sep 26

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
Sep 21 3.1 Developing a theory of change
Sep 26 3.2 Global health indicators
Sep 28 3.3 Measurement
Oct 3 3.4 Quantitative methods of data collection
Oct 5 3.5 Qualitative methods of data collection

Homework

Assignment Due Date
From research questions to study measurement Oct 12

Oct 10: No class, Fall Break


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
Oct 12 4.1 Sampling
Oct 17 4.2 Power and hypothesis testing 1
Oct 19 4.2 Power and hypothesis testing 2

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Sampling: How and How Many? Oct 26

Oct 24: In-class midterm


Module 5 - Experimental Research Designs

The goal of this module is to teach you about the strengths and limitations of experimental designs.

Class Sessions

Date Session
Oct 26 5.1 Randomized controlled trials
Oct 31 5.2 Analysis of RCTs

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 1 Nov 7

Module 6 - Quasi-Experimental Research Designs

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

Nov 2 6.1 Pre/post, difference-in-differences, regression
Nov 7 6.2 Regression discontinuity, interrupted time series

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 2 Nov 14

Module 7 - Observational Research Designs

The goal of this module is teach you how to use observational designs to describe health phenomena and examine associations between exposures and outcomes.

Class Sessions

Date Session
Nov 9 7.1 Observational designs in the early days of HIV and AIDS
Nov 14 7.2 Male circumcision and HIV prevention

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 3 Nov 21

Module 8 - 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
Nov 16 8.1 Choosing a research design and method
Nov 21 8.2 Writing proposals and manuscripts
Nov 23 No class, Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28 8.3 From research to policy impact

Homework

Assignment Due Date
None NA

Nov 30: TBD