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Research Methods


John Hopkins have uploaded a large amount of material to their opencourseware pages.

Dissertation Workshop contains a number of lectures with seperate audio files that cover various topic which may be useful when developing a research proposal. Participants should gain skills in the design of conceptually cogent and methodologically rigorous dissertation proposals. The Workshop has an emphasis on topics that relate to Africa, but can be applied to a broad range of research issues.

Topics include:

Lecture 1: Developing a Research Proposal
Lecture 2: Identifying Measurable Variables & Specifying Their Relationships
Lecture 3: Sampling Design Alternatives
Lecture 4: Issues in Quantitative Data Collection for Social & Behavioral Research
Lecture 5: Qualitative Methodology
Lecture 6: Design and Analysis for Operations Research
Lecture 7: Discussion

Ethics of Human Subject Research - a series of pdf lecture slides. The lack of audio limits their useability as a stand alone resources. Topics include: Introduction to Ethical Analysis, Cases and Codes, Assessment of Risks and Benefits, Respect for Persons and Informed Consent, Informed Consent and Cultural Relativism, Introduction to Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Protection and Access, Justice in Research Ethics: International Issues, Research Ethics and Human Rights, Coercion and Undue Inducement in Research: Money and Other Offers. Level- intermediate

Qualitative Data Analysis- This course emphasizes the analysis of ethnographic and other forms of qualitative data in public health research. Includes lecture materials- pdf format slides with no audio. Level- intermediate to advanced

Fundementals of Epidemiology I and II  introduce the basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health problems through a series of lecture materials including pdf format slides  (series I) (series 2) (no audio).

Module 1: Roles of Quantitative Methods in Public Health
Lecture 1: Biostatistics and Epidemiology within the Paradigm of Public Health (Diener-West)
Lecture 2: Epidemiologic Investigation (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 3: Exploratory Data Analysis (Diener-West)
Lecture 4: Tables and Graphs (Diener-West)

Module 2: Quantifying and Comparing Public Health Measures
Lecture 5: Summary Measures [Ratio, Proportion, Rate] (Diener-West)
Lecture 6: Indices of Morbidity and Mortality (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 7: Direct and Indirect Methods of Adjustment (Diener-West)
Module 3: Quantifying the Natural History of Disease
Lecture 8: Life Tables (Diener-West)
Lecture 9: Measures of Prognosis (Diener-West, Kanchanaraksa)

Module 4: Probability Concepts and their Use in Evaluation of Diagnostic and  Lecture 10: Probability Concepts (Diener-West)
Lecture 11: Evaluation of Diagnostic and Screening Tests: Validity and Reliability (Kanchanaraksa)

Lecture 12: Randomized Clinical Trials (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 13: Cohort Studies (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 14: Case-Control Studies (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 15: Cross-Sectional Studies (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 16: Measures of Association (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 17: Use of the Chi-Square Statistic (Diener-West)
Lecture 18: Bias and Confounding (Kanchanaraksa)

Lecture 19: Causal Association (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 20: Interaction (Kanchanaraksa)
Lecture 21: Epidemiologic Methods for Evaluating Health Services (Crum) - Not currently available
Lecture 22: Epidemiologic Methods for Evaluating Screening Programs (Crum) - Not currently available
 Lecture 23: Assessing the Roles of Genetic and Environmental Factors in Disease Causation (Coresh) - Not currently available
Lecture 24: Epidemiology and Policy (Ibrahim)

Principles of Drug Development- Presents principles underlying preclinical and clinical development of new therapeutic drugs and procedures. Includes lecture materials- pdf format slides (no audio). Level- intermediate

Statistics for Lab Scientists- Basic concepts and methods of statistics with applications in the experimental biological sciences. Includes lecture materials- pdf format slides (no audio). Level- intermediate to advanced

TUFTS University opencourseware

Epidemiology and Biostatistics- This course teaches the basic skills needed to critique the medical literature by providing a fundamental understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics. Includes lectures materials (slides without audio) small group assignments (marked conference), exam papers, and other supplementary material. Level- intermediate to advanced


Finding information in health and lifestyle- An interactive introductory module helping you identify and use information and heoe to keep up to date with the latest developments in your area by using tools such as RSS and mailing lists. Level- introductory. Time- 9 hours

The Birth of a Drug- this interactive unit focuses on a specific case study, which follows the development of a drug for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is a particularly good example of the application of organic chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry, and illustrates the scientific processes that are involved in the development of any new drug. Time- 4 hours. Level- intermediate to advanced


Plagiarism -This page contains a number of links to resources, research and case studies about plagiarism. Although some related specifically to legal education, others are more general. Level- intermediate

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