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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 11 1.1 Welcome
Jan 16 1.2 Introduction to global health research

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 18 2.1 Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Jan 23 2.2 Searching the literature
Jan 25 2.3 Critical appraisal
Jan 30 2.4 Evaluating claims of causality

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Asking a question and searching the literature Feb 6

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 1 3.1 Developing a theory of change
Feb 6 3.2 Global health indicators
Feb 8 3.3 Measurement
Feb 13 3.4 Quantitative methods of data collection
Feb 15 3.5 Qualitative methods of data collection

Homework

Assignment Due Date
From research questions to study measurement Feb 22

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 20 4.1 Sampling
Feb 22 4.2 Power and hypothesis testing 1
Feb 27 4.3 Power and hypothesis testing 2

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Sampling: How and How Many? Mar 1

Mar 1: Review

Mar 6: Midterm

Mar 8: Post-midterm review; Introduce research proposal assignment

Mar 13/15: No class, Spring Break


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
Mar 20 5.1 Randomized controlled trials
Mar 22 5.2 Analysis of RCTs

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 1 Mar 29

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.

Date Session
Mar 27 6.1 Pre/post, difference-in-differences, regression
Mar 29 6.2 Regression discontinuity, interrupted time series

Homework

Malaria and Bednets: Part 2 Apr 5

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
Apr 3 7.1 Observational designs in the early days of HIV and AIDS
Apr 5 7.2 Male circumcision and HIV prevention

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 3 Apr 12

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
Apr 10 8.1 Choosing a research design and method
Apr 12 8.2 Writing proposals and manuscripts
Apr 17 Proposal work day (optional)
Apr 19 8.3 From research to policy impact; proposal drafts due to peer review group

Homework

Assignment Due Date
None NA

Apr 24: Peer review session

May 3: Final proposals due noon ET