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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 28 1.1 Welcome
Aug 30 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
Sept 4 2.1 Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Sept 6 2.2 Searching the literature
Sept 11 2.3 Critical appraisal
Sept 18 2.4 Evaluating claims of causality

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Asking a question and searching the literature Sept 25

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
Sept 20 3.1 Developing a theory of change
Sept 25 3.2 Global health indicators
Sept 27 3.3 Measurement
Oct 2 3.4 Quantitative methods of data collection
Oct 4 3.5 Qualitative methods of data collection

Homework

Assignment Due Date
From research questions to study measurement Oct 11

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 11 4.1 Sampling
Oct 16 4.2 Power and hypothesis testing 1

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Sampling: How and How Many? Oct 19

Oct 18: Review

Oct 23: Midterm

Oct 25: Post-midterm review; Introduce research proposal assignment


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 30 5.1 Randomized controlled trials
Nov 1 5.2 Analysis of RCTs

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 1 Nov 8

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
Nov 6 6.1 Pre/post, difference-in-differences, regression
Nov 8 6.2 Regression discontinuity, interrupted time series

Homework

Malaria and Bednets: Part 2 Nov 15

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 13 7.1 Observational designs in the early days of HIV and AIDS
Nov 15 7.2 Male circumcision and HIV prevention

Homework

Assignment Due Date
Malaria and Bednets: Part 3 Nov 22

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 20 8.1 Choosing a research design and method
Nov 26 8.2 Writing proposals and manuscripts
Nov 29 8.3 From research to policy impact

Homework

Assignment Due Date
None NA

Dec 15: Final proposals due 10pm ET