HSB 260: Research Methods

Course Description Students will gain knowledge and skill in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analysis, and critical evaluation of health science literature. Students will develop the skills to formulate research questions, evaluate research protocols, hypotheses, study designs, and discuss their comparative strengths and limitations. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to effectively use and analyze bio-statistics in different research design and data analysis, to conduct computerized searches, and to understand, review and critically analyze professional journal articles. Topics include choosing correct statistical methods and study designs in research and practice, descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing. Ethical issues in research will be discussed, including informed consent and the function of an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Prerequisites HSB 101
Credits 3