Practical Approaches to Global Health Research
Taught by Dr. Stephen Luby, this interdisciplinary course is listed as MED 226 / IPS 290. The course introduces graduate students to research methods applicable for conducting studies involving health in low income contexts. Designed around developing a concept note to support a funding proposal addressing a research question of student’s interest. Targeted skills include developing a compelling research question; synthesizing a focused literature review; selecting and adapting appropriate study design, target population, sampling methods, data collection and analysis; addressing human subject issues and developing productive cross-cultural collaboration. Appropriate for graduate students and fellows in social sciences, education, medicine, engineering, earth/environmental sciences. Students work with a team of classmates from different specialties. (Winter quarter 2015, Tuesday/Thursday 3:15-4:45 pm, 4 credits)
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- Consider an issue with implications for global health and develop a tractable research question, that, if answered, would contribute information to help improve the situation.
- Draft a concept note for a funding proposal to address a global health research question that includes rationale for the specific study question, appropriate study methods, sample size, cross cultural collaboration, human subjects review and budget.
Stanford graduate students in any discipline whose research interest engages global health goals. If an upperclassman undergraduate is interested in enrolling, s/he should e-mail Dr. Luby (email@example.com), explaining her/his interest in the course, his/her opportunity for research and the specific study question s/he is interested in building the class work around.