NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

354 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science Course Descriptions MHS 5203—Writing for Allied Health Professionals This course entails the study and practice of the writing style used in allied health: scientific writing. Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate. It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other. Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience. American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed. The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses. (3 credits) MHS 5510—Research Methods This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidencebased professional practice. (3 credits) MHS 5908—Applied Statistics Good decision-making in health care is enhanced through empiricism, where formal processes are used to ask pertinent research questions, review the professional contributions of others, develop appropriate methodologies, obtain reliable and valid data, organize data into formal data sets, conduct suitable statistical analyses, and make informed judgments. This course provides background in both theory and practice in statistics and researchmethods, in part to prepare students for themany activities associated with clinical research. (3 credits) MHS 5906—Developmental Research Project This course provides the student with the opportunity to assimilate the skills required to communicate in academic settings both orally and in writing. The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, the course will acquaint the student with the guidelines that will assist in creating well-crafted academic communication. Second, it will provide the opportunity to practice communication skills and receive feedback from colleagues and the instructor. The primary focus of the course is the thesis process. (3 credits) MHS 5995—Thesis I This course is intended for students planning to conduct research in a variety of different settings. Its topics include case studies, interviews, documentary evidence, and participant observation and survey research. The primary goal of the course is to assist students in preparing their formal thesis proposals. The instructor must approve the proposal. (3 credits) MHS 5996—Thesis II In this course, the student will carry out the proposed research (under the instructor’s supervision) and conduct data analysis, which will culminate in a summary paper of the student’s research findings. (3 credits) MHS 5997—Thesis III This course is dedicated to the formal writing of the student’s thesis under the professor’s supervision. Once the instructor accepts the paper, two other faculty members on the student’s thesis committee will review it. (3 credits) MHS 5998—Thesis IV In this course, the student prepares for oral defense of the thesis and revision of the manuscript of the thesis. (3 credits) DHS 8090—Health Policy, Planning, and Management Everyone involved with health care (including consumers, providers, payers, special interest groups, elected officials, and administrators) is affected by health policy. This course examines health policy issues confronting public/private health organizations and specific groups. Assignments review processes influencing the development and implementation of policies including topics related to health insurance reform, government-supported programs, quality care, and population-based issues. Each week, the student evaluates information available through Internet sites and reference texts to develop a paper demonstrating an understanding of the assignment topic and participates in discussion topics that will be analyzed, synthesized, proposed, and/or evaluated. (4 credits) DHS 8810—Epidemiology and Global Health This course emphasizes the underlying concepts of the epidemiologic approach as it relates to pertinent global health issues. The student will be introduced to principles and methods of epidemiologic research. These include study designs; measures of frequency, association, and impact; and sources of error. Application to global health and public health strategies for disease prevention, surveillance, and controls are discussed. (4 credits) HPH 7410—Qualitative Research This course focuses primarily on the knowledge and skill competencies students need to design and conduct qualitative research successfully. In this pursuit, students immerse themselves in the epistemological, theoretical, ethical, methodological, and procedural understanding of qualitative research; apply this knowledge to the conceptualization and conduct of qualitative research; report the findings of the research in the form of a research article; and appraise the quality of such qualitative research products. Upon completion