Health Research Methods

Discipline: Public Health
Instructor: Hornsby
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 3 - Lisbon - Friday, 16 August | Portugal
Prerequisites: Introductory level course in Public Health or one of the social sciences Download Syllabus

Much of what we know about human health and health-related behavior is based on quantitative and qualitative research. This course involves students in the research process from start to finish, including formulating a research question; conducting a background literature review; choosing a study design; developing data collection tools; recruiting a study population; collecting data; assuring data quality; analyzing data; and interpreting and presenting the results.

Field Work

Country: Portugal
Day: 3 - Lisbon - Friday, 16 August

August 16 (Lisbon, Portugal) The National School of Public Health (ENSP) at Nova promotes and supports research, development, innovation and education in public health.  It’s newly created Center for Research and Studies in Public Health (CIESP) promotes and coordinates all research activities of the school. Faculty and students at ENSP conduct research in the areas of epidemiology, public health administration and health management, occupational health, environmental health, health economics, health policies and social development, and communication in health.  Projects of potential interest to Semester at Sea students include:  reducing health inequity in Portugal, socioeconomic inequalities in smoking, geographic monitoring of pulmonary tuberculosis, management of type 2 diabetes, and the development of a personalized health information system, among others.  Students will learn about the biomedical, epidemiologic and clinical research conducted at ENSP and about graduate training for health research in Portugal. Academic Objectives:

  1. Describe the types of biomedical, epidemiologic and clinical health-related research conducted at the Lisbon National School of Public Health.
  2. Compare the priorities for research conducted in Portugal to that of the U.S.
  3. Compare graduate training for health research in Portugal to that in the U.S.