Saint Joseph's University

HSV 550 Health Services Research

Conduct the research and formulate the results for better health care delivery.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Health Services Research (HSV 550) equips you with the tools necessary to become informed and think critically about contemporary and historical research. You will learn how to conduct original empirical studies specifically relative to health.

Health Services Research Coursework

The coursework of HSV 550 helps you critically evaluate research in your respective area of the health field. The course will cover basic principles of research design and statistical analysis, and will survey health services research approaches, including epidemiology, program evaluation, case studies, organizational analysis, ethnography, and sociology/health psychology.

Up for Discussion

Learn from your instructor and peers via interactive discussion forums that can include a number of intriguing and current health topics like the example below.

As the types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria grow, what can we do to decrease the cases of MRSA?

What You’ll Learn in Health Services Research

Throughout HSV 550 Health Services Research, you’ll discover a variety of strategies on how to read, evaluate, and review a research article. From the very first class, you’ll begin to get ideas on how to select a research topic for your term project. You’ll be introduced to research designs, techniques, methods, and how to ethically treat human research subjects for data collection. Each course will help you fine tune a topic, consider how to plan, design, and conduct a research study, control sources of error, and solve potential problems.

The introduction to different types of statistics, along with their importance, proves data is an invaluable tool for you to gather research and support results. As research designs become more intricate, you’ll find the need for advanced techniques to analyze complex designs, especially ones that involve multiple variables and a wider range of research subjects.

This course studies all areas of well-designed research methods to obtain quality data and communicate it back to the population. You'll review scholarly articles and learn how to find potential flaws or inconsistencies in research designs to determine whether a study is sound and useful. It is proven that the more research you review, the better able you’ll be to design a meaningful research study with detailed results and decreased chance of error, as well as potential threats.

As the course concludes, you’ll have gained the knowledge required to successfully complete a comprehensive article review and an accompanying exam, as well as conduct an original research study and its complementary research paper.

Course Topics

Over the eight-week duration of the course, you’ll be introduced to new topics and weekly themes. Sample weekly topics may include:

  • Research Strategies
  • Statistical Concepts
  • Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
  • Research Study Quality Evaluation
  • Research Ethics
  • Comprehensive Reviews of Research Articles

Course Learning Objectives

All Health Services Research coursework provides you with a broad overview of the basic methodological strategies used when conducting research. Upon completion of the course, you will have the skills and confidence to:

  • Develop a deep understanding and appreciation for the research process.
  • Understand relevant vocabulary in the field of health services research.
  • Think of research as a process or a means to an end, not an end itself.
  • Develop strategies and techniques for determining whether a research study is well designed.
  • Identify validity and reliability issues in research articles with the goal of improving the overall quality of research studies.
  • Understand the complex designs of research studies to master procedures for developing strong methodologies and to identify potential sources of error.
  • Understand how subjects are recruited, treated, and debriefed as part of the research process.
  • Master the concepts of statistical tests and data analysis.
  • Better understand the ethical issues facing researchers who conduct studies with human participants as subjects.
  • Complete the course with a strong comfort on how to read, review, critique, and appreciate research articles.
  • No longer be intimidated by research studies and to be comfortable reading all of the sections of a research article (not just the abstract and discussion sections!).

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