The Applied Health Behavior Research curriculum was created to provide didactic instruction on topics that are relevant and critical to all clinical and behavioral research. Our courses are skills-based and fulfill specific competencies required for supporting rigorous health behavior and clinical research.
Applied Data Management
Applied Structural Equation Modeling
Community Health Promotion
Counseling Skills for Health Care Professionals
Epidemiology for Clinical Research
Evaluation of Health Services Programs
Foundations of Health Care Research
Health Behavior Theory
Health Disparities: Applications in Clinical Settings
Health Education: Methods, Planning and Evaluation
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to SPSS
Introduction to Using REDCap for Research
Leadership and Change in Health Care Services
Power and Sample Size
Principles of Management in Health Care Services
Project Management in Clinical and Community Settings
Survey Methods: Design and Evaluation
Applied Data Management (3 credits) M88-548 Syllabus (pdf)
This class is an advanced seminar intended for students in the health and social sciences who plan to engage in applied research. This course is a survey of important data management topics and techniques including: data programming and manipulation, data storage and security, data cleaning, relational database theory, and legal and ethical issues of data management. Prerequisite M88-525 Introduction to Biostatistics. Evening, Spring Semester beginning 2017.
Applied Structural Equation Modeling (1 credit short course) M88-545 Syllabus (pdf)
This course will provide a brief introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM). Students gain a strong foundation for understanding, designing, and testing sound measurement models, which can then be combined into more complex structural equation models. The majority of the course covers conceptual aspects and classical SEM applications like confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, and causal modeling (including tests for mediators and moderators). Time permitting, the course also provides a brief discussion of more complex SEM analyses such as growth curve modeling and latent class analysis. Prerequisite M88-525 Introduction to Biostatistics. Evening, Summer Semester, odd years.
Community Health Promotion (3 credits) M88-540 Syllabus (pdf)
Students explore concepts in health promotion including community assessment, resource identification, intervention strategies and evaluation. State and national interventions for lifestyle change and model school and worksite programs are featured in the curriculum. Offered in a blended (partial online) format. Evening, Summer Semester, year varies.
Counseling Skills for Health Care Professionals (3 credits) M88-512A Syllabus (pdf)
Students learn counseling skills necessary to promote self-care behaviors in individuals. Upon course completion, students will be able to identify and demonstrate basic interviewing and counseling skills, recognize barriers to effective communication and generate appropriate counseling strategies, and adapt communication style to the special cultural needs and developmental differences of the individual. Evening, Semester and year varies.
Epidemiology for Clinical Research (3 credits) M88-588 Syllabus (pdf)
This course includes two primary foci: 1) common applications of epidemiologic principles and analytic tools in evaluating clinical research questions; and 2) student development of skills to review and interpret the medical literature and utilize publicly available datasets to address clinical research questions. Evening, Spring Semester.
Evaluation of Health Services Programs (3 credits) M88-582 Syllabus (pdf)
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of program evaluation and learn about program evaluation methodology, methods of data collection and related measurement reliability and validity with practical applications and illustrations. Topics include: the link between program planning and program evaluation; evaluation research designs and their limitations; integrating process and outcome approaches; and utilization of evaluation results. Students also design an evaluation research proposal. Prerequisite M88-536 Health Education: Methods, Planning and Evaluation. Evening, Fall Semester.
Foundations of Health Care Research (3 credits) M88-524 Syllabus (pdf)
This course provides an overview of basic methodological concepts used in health care, social science, and behavioral science research. Students develop an advanced understanding of all phases and components of the research process including generating research questions and hypotheses, designing a study, selecting a study sample, measuring variables and constructs, collecting data and planning data analysis. Prerequisite –prefer students to have taken M88-525 Introduction to Biostatistics. Evening, Spring Semester.
Health Behavior Theory (3 credits) M88-514 Syllabus (pdf)
Students learn and apply the determinants of health behavior and implement behavior change in clinical and community populations. The curriculum focuses on the theory and application of health promotion/education planning, implementation, and evaluation by health professions in a variety of settings. Primary emphasis is on research related to determinants of health behavior, plus strategies and techniques used by professionals to foster human health. Evening, Fall Semester.
Health Disparities: Applications in Clinical Settings (3 credits) M88-535 Syllabus (pdf)
Students learn how membership in a diverse/special group can impact health and health care; identify barriers to research participation; and effective strategies for improving recruitment efforts of minority and underserved populations. The curriculum also includes exploration of health care services and policies governing these services. Students are encouraged to give critical thought to the question of what it means to deliver culturally competent care. The goal of this course is to understand what it means to create environments (social and otherwise) that help to make individuals and communities healthy. Offered in a blended (partial online) format. Evening, Summer Semester.
Health Education: Methods, Planning and Evaluation (3 credits) M88-536 Syllabus (pdf)
Students learn basic concepts of learning theory as they relate to health behavior and become familiar with the teaching/learning process, teaching methods, and selection of appropriate evaluation strategies. This class focuses on the role played by individual and community behavior as well as environmental and policy factors in preventing chronic and communicable diseases. Students who take this class have the knowledge and skills to plan, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate behavior change programs for improving health status. Students also learn how to assess the health needs of communities and organizations. Prerequisite M88-514 Health Behavior Theory. Evening, Spring Semester.
Health Psychology (3 credits) M88-515 Syllabus (pdf)
Students explore the complex interactions between biological, psychological and social factors as they influence health, health behaviors and coping with illness. Topics include the history and current roles of health psychology as a professional discipline, theoretical models of health and illness prevention with an emphasis on the bio-psychosocial model, stress, pain, and the role of bio-psychosocial factors in several specific medical illnesses including diabetes, asthma, heart disease and cancer. Evening, Semester varies.
Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) M88-525 Syllabus (pdf)
This course introduces the basic principles and methods of biostatistics, providing students a sound methodological foundation for applications in health care, medicine, public health, and epidemiology. Analytic methods and applications are linked to topics including health promotion, epidemiology, and program evaluation. Basic statistics, including probability, descriptive statistics, inference for means and proportions, and regression methods are presented. The class format includes lectures, computer exercises, practical problems, and teamwork. Coursework and assignments are designed to provide regular feedback, require repetition of core techniques necessary for mastery of statistical thinking and analysis, challenge students to tackle both straightforward and difficult applications of descriptive and analytic statistics to practical public health problems, and incorporate statistical tools and results into oral and written presentation, emphasizing proper use of language and effective communication. Evening, Fall Semester.
Introduction to SPSS (1 credit) M88-551 Syllabus (pdf)
Students will learn the purpose and benefits of using statistical software programs such as SPSS for managing and analyzing data. Students will learn the superior functional capability of using SPSS vs. Excel for collecting and analyzing data. Through in-class demonstrations and exercises, students will gain critical hands-on experience using various features of SPSS software including: database design, options for quantitative and qualitative variable formats, data entry, data importing and exporting features, output and graphing functions, and common statistical procedures (e.g., descriptive statistics, chi-square, t-test, ANOVA) and basic inferential analyses (e.g., bivariate linear and logistic regression) using both drop-down menu functions and syntax options. Students also will learn how to annotate and manipulate output including tables and figures and how to export or paste output into Word or PDF documents. Over 2 Saturdays, 9:00am-5:00pm. Summer semester.
Introduction to Using REDCap for Research (1 credit) M88-550 Syllabus (pdf)
Students will learn the purpose and benefits of using sophisticated software platforms such as REDCap for conducting research. Through in-class demonstrations and exercises, students will gain critical hands-on experience using various features of REDCap software including: creating new projects and assigning user rights, development vs. production mode, participant tracking, project calendars and scheduling features, data collection and management, customizable survey design and administration mode, database design, data import and export functions, default and custom reporting tools, audit trails, file sharing, inter-operability with other data systems (EMR) and software including common reporting tools (Excel) and statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, R), and more. Students will learn about the HIPAA compliance standards of REDCap and how the same databases can be used across sites in a multi-site study. Students will apply their skills to a proposal for using REDCap to address a specific research objective of their choosing. Over 2 Saturdays, 9:00am-5:00pm. Late Summer semester.
Leadership and Change in Health Care Services (3 credits) M88-562 Syllabus (pdf)
Students develop the leadership skills required for managing planned organizational change. Topics include personal effectiveness, team building, and creating learning environments in organizations. The course enables students to engage in the advanced study of leadership, integrating theory, research, and application in a diagnostic approach. Leadership skills are developed through group discussions, class exercises, case studies, and the application of organizational approaches to change and innovation. Evening, Fall Semester.
Mentored Research (3 credits) M88-505
Student are paired with faculty researchers to obtain hands-on experience and exposure to directed research. Hours vary, Every Semester.
Power and Sample Size (1 credit) M88-547 Syllabus (pdf)
Students learn the theoretical and practical aspects of how to calculate sample size for common study designs under various restraints – time, resources, etc. Students are provided an overview of statistical power computations for a variety of experimental and epidemiological study designs including single sample designs, two-sample designs, cohort designs, case-control designs and various other experimental designs based on the Analysis of Variance model. The concepts of statistical power, statistical precision, sample size and effect size are also reviewed. Prerequisite: M88-525 Introduction to Biostatistics or M17-522 Introduction to Statistics for Clinical Research. Over 2 Saturdays, 9:00am-5:00pm. Fall Semester.
Principles of Management in Health Care Services (3 credits) M88-532 Syllabus (pdf)
This course enables students to explore the theoretical framework and practical application of classic management principles to function effectively in a variety of organizational settings in the provision of healthcare services. Topics include the management process, managerial decision making and planning; negotiation skills; organization design; and leadership. Evening, Spring Semester.
Project Management in Clinical and Community Settings (3 credits) M88-508 Syllabus (pdf)
This course trains students in the day-to-day management of research projects and/or health behavior programs. Topics include: human subjects protection, participant recruitment & retention, working with teams, data collection, development and use of participant tracking databases, and other applied skills needed by project or program coordinators. The curriculum focuses on an overview of project management in health and community settings, including a review of ethics, data collection and management. Students develop skills for managing and coordinating all aspects of health behavior projects. Evening, Spring Semester.
Survey Methods: Design and Evaluation (3 credits) M88-560 Syllabus (pdf)
This applied course focuses on methodological issues regarding the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of surveys and questionnaires in public health research. Essential theoretical concepts are addressed and practical applications are emphasized. Survey design and planning, sampling and data collection procedures are among the major topic areas covered. Evening, Fall Semester.
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