Certificate Course Requirements

November 22, 2016

Research Methods

Students must successfully complete one of the following courses.

INTRODUCTION TO METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH (PHP2120)

Epidemiology quantifies patterns and determinants of human population health, with a goal of reducing the burden of disease, injury, and disability. An intensive first course in epidemiological methods, students learn core principles of study design and data analysis through critiques of published epidemiological studies as well as hands on practice through weekly exercises and assignments. This is a graduate-level course aimed at masters and PhD students.

OR

FOUNDATIONS IN EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH METHODS (PHP2150)

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation in epidemiologic research methods. This is the first of a two- or four-course sequence in epidemiologic methods aimed at students who expect to eventually conduct their own epidemiologic research. There will be a strong quantitative focus in this course. By the end of the foundations course, students should be sufficiently familiar with epidemiologic research methods to begin to apply these methods to their own work. Prerequisite: PHP 2507 or 2510 (either may be taken concurrently); the typical student will also have some introductory knowledge of epidemiology.

OR

RESEARCH METHODS IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE (PHP2300)

This course provides students with fundamental principles of behavioral and social research methodology for understanding the determinants of public health problems, and for executing and testing public health interventions. We will focus on experimental methods, observational studies, and qualitative approaches. We will develop skills in understanding and interpreting data--both quantitative and qualitative. Throughout the course we will emphasize ethical, cultural, and professional issues for designing public health interventions. Prior coursework in research methodology and quantitative methods is recommended but not required. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

 

Biostatistics and Applied Data Analysis 

Students must successfully complete both of the following two courses.*

BIOSTATISTICS AND APPLIED DATA ANALYSIS I (PHP2507)

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BIOSTATISTICS AND APPLIED DATA ANALYSIS II (PHP2508)

The objective of the year long, two-course sequence is for students to develop the knowledge, skills and perspectives necessary to analyze data in order to answer a public health questions. The year long sequence will focus on statistical principles as well as the applied skills necessary to answer public health questions using data, including: data acquisition, data analysis, data interpretation and the presentation of results. Through lectures, labs and small group discussions, this fall semester course will focus on identifying public health data sets, refining research questions, univariate and bivariate analyses and presentation of initial results. Prerequisite: understanding of basic math concepts and terms.  PHP2507 is offered in the fall and PHP2508 is offered in the spring.  The courses must be completed in the same academic year.

*There is another biostatistics course sequence offered by the Department of Biostatistics at Brown (PHP2510 and PHP2511).  If students are interested in that sequence they should discuss this well in advance with the CTR Academic Oversight Committee, as their permission is required prior to beginning the course.