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INTERNATIONAL HEALTH 220.861:   GRADUATE SEMINAR 2001

Calendar      (Note: this website calendar is the most up-to-date)

Note!!    The contents of the following coursepack will be available from Ms. LaKeisha Hicks (Rm W5515) by the start of class for less than $20.

Coursepack Contents

 

INTRODUCTION & ORGANIZATION (please scroll down)

 

Instructors:

Lawrence H. Moulton, Ph.D.

Office: W5507D Hygiene Phone: 410-955-6370 or -6964

e-mail: LMOULTON@JHSPH.EDU

Course website:   http://members.tripod.com/lmoulton/grs.htm



William A. Reinke, Ph.D.

Office: W5009 Hygiene Phone: 614-3000



Academic Coordinator: Ms. Carol Buckley

Office: W5009 Hygiene Phone: 614-3000



GOALS

By the end of the next two terms, students will be in a stronger position from which to prepare their research proposals. Skills will have been gained in formulating research questions, identifying and resolving design problems, and in presenting and critiquing research protocols and results in the scientific literature.

STRUCTURE

Third and Fourth Terms 2001: Primarily student critiques of published research articles. Focus on research question, study design used alternative designs that could have been used, possible followup lines of inquiry.  In the Third Term, there will be a few more didactic sessions dealing with elements of study design.

On Occasion: Pre-dry runs and thesis proposals by advanced doctoral students.

Enrollment is limited to IH doctoral students, ScM students, and applicants.

Grading will be PASS/FAIL; one unit of academic credit will be given per term.

 

CRITIQUE SESSIONS

Two students will be assigned as discussion leaders for each "article critique" session covering the two designated articles. They should meet before the session to plan their presentation, discussion questions, and handout. The session will begin with oral presentations lasting no longer than 20 minutes combined, concentrating on the topic of the day. The focus may be on theoretical or methodological considerations. At least two discussion questions or problems should be specified that will be addressed in the subsequent class discussion.

Following the presentation, the discussion leaders will introduce each discussion point in turn, explaining how it is related to the articles.


REQUIREMENTS

Regular attendance and active participation in the seminar are very important.

Written Assignments

Third Term 2001 Short Paper Guidelines

Due Time, Date, and Place: 3 p.m., Monday, March 19, Rm. W5507D Hygiene (office of Dr. Moulton). Due to time constraints, no papers will be considered after this time.  Note that this is 3 days after the end of the third term, just in case you get distracted by exams.

Required for all students except those who act as discussion leaders this term.

Three to four pages (double-spaced) should be written relating to an ethical issue concerning a research situation or area with which you are familiar.  Preferably, it will be a situation in which you personally were involved.  If you have not been working in a research environment, choose some other aspect of your work that has had ethical dimensions or problems.   In particular, you should:

1) Briefly describe the problem, clearly identifying the nature of the conflicts of principles or interests that are at play, and the relevant frames of reference.

2) Outline a few possible options for handling the situation, commenting on their implications for study design and the impact on answering the research question.

Fourth Term 2001 Short Paper Guidelines

Due Time, Date, and Place: 3 p.m., Monday, May 21, Rm. W5507D Hygiene (office of Dr. Moulton). Due to time constraints, no papers will be considered after this time.  Note that this is 3 days after the end of the fourth term.

Students who do not act as discussion leaders this term are expected to write a critique of ONE of the articles in the coursepack or one of the presentations made by advanced students. The critique should be 3-4 typed double-spaced pages.

As in the class critique sessions, both the positive and negative aspects of the article should be mentioned, and your critique may include theoretical or methodological considerations. Preferably, you should not cover all aspects of the article, but focus on 2 or 3 that are particularly innovative or troublesome that were NOT the focus of the classroom presentation and discussion.

 

12/10/2001