Special topics in health behavior research methods
Teaching & Research Building, 5F Meeting Room
This course provides students with an introduction to social science research methods, the ability to critically evaluate research related to health sciences and social sciences, and the skills to apply research methods in public health practice. The course focuses on quantitative research methods and covers descriptive and causal research, and survey and evaluation research designs. Through a combination of readings, lectures, exercises, and critiques, students will gain understanding of the major elements of behavioral and social science research.
1. formulate a research problem that can be empirically studied, develop research questions, and write testable hypotheses; 2. define constructs and variables, write operational definitions, be able to assess the reliability and validity of measures, and identify appropriate data collection methods; 3. select a research design appropriate for examining a particular research question; 4. present and interpret research findings; 5. understand ethical issues in conducting research; and 6. critically assess research findings presented in journal articles, presentation, etc.
Class Schedule: 1.Introduction 2.Nature of Science, Units of analysis, type of variables,Relationships among variables, association, and causation 3.Research questions and hypotheses, Applying theory and conceptual models in research 4.Measurement-operational definition, Level of measurements,Measurement-reliability and validity assessment 5.Data collection methods (personal, telephone, self-administrative, internet interviews) 6.Sampling Design 7.Midterm 8.Discuss about midterm, Survey research design 9.Introduction to evaluation design, Threats to internal validity 10.Pre-experimental and experimental design, Process evaluation 11.Quasi-experimental design, Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 12.Questionnaire design, Data preparation 13.Data analysis and Contingency table analysis, Triangulation 14.Preparing a research proposal, Research ethics 15.Power and sample size calculation 16.Critique of research articles 17.Final exam and discussion.
- 2020/09/17 Introduction1
- 2020/09/24 Introduction2
- 2020/10/01 (National holiday): Moon Festival
- 2020/10/08 Research questions and hypotheses
- 2020/10/15 Exercise
- 2020/10/22 Measurements
- 2020/10/29 Sampling design
- 2020/11/05 Midterm exam
- 2020/11/12 Review
- 2020/11/19 Survey research design
- 2020/11/26 Introduction to evaluation design
- 2020/12/03 Experimental design
- 2020/12/10 Quasi-experimental design
- 2020/12/17 Questionnaire design
- 2020/12/24 [Distance Learning Week] Sample size
- 2020/12/31 Sample size
- 2021/01/07 Review
- 2021/01/14 Final exam