Public Health Vi: Research Methods I (proposal Development)
Course Content and Outline
I) Lectures (30 Hours)
i) Introduction to Research (3 Hours)
a) Definition, nature of use and application.
b) Scientific enquiry, concept, nature and process
ii) Types of research (2 Hours)
iii) Research designs and methods (15 Hours)
a) Descriptive, cross sectional, analytical, longitudinal, cohort-retrospective, case control, experimental. Clinical trials, quasi-experimental.
b) Research methods: qualitative, focus groups, key informants, case studies, interviews. Quantitative- descriptive and analytical.
c) Sampling methods: simple random, stratified, cluster, same size determination.
d) The role of institutional research and ethics committee: processing the research protocol through the right channels, confidentiality, Consent
iv) Proposal design and development (10 Hours)
a) Research instruments: questionnaires, interview guides, characteristics and application.
b) Proposal development: identification of problem, problem statement, introduction background information, rationale/ justification, study objectives, literature review, methodology, data management, budget and time frame, appendix, bibliography
c) Course work
d) Student presentations
e) Directed and independent self-study
a) Whiteboard and markers
b) LCD projector
c) Sample research reports/proposals