NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

362 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science HPH 7400—Quantitative Research Design This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the basic methods and approaches used in health care research. A major emphasis of the course will be on the conceptualization and design of research studies. The course will cover ethics, formulation of research questions, study design, reliability, validity, sampling, measurement, and interpretation of research findings. It will prepare students to critically evaluate published literature, and to design sound research studies. The course will be both theoretical and applied. Students will be challenged to apply the theoretical concepts presented in the classroom and in the readings to design a study to address a health-related issue of their choice. (3 credits) HPH 7410—Qualitative Research Design This course will focus primarily on the knowledge and skill competencies needed to conduct qualitative research successfully. In this pursuit, students will 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 of the course, students will demonstrate that they have mastered the basic competencies needed to create, plan, and complete a qualitative research dissertation. (3 credits) HPH 7500—Philosophy of Science This course will address classical issues in the philosophy of science including demarcation; the distinction between what science is and is not; hypothesis development, confirmation, and falsification; causation; and explanation. The course will also explore the ontological, epistemological, methodological, and axiological foundation of the major paradigms within which inquiry in the human services professions are located. Issues of congruence between research question selection and paradigm selection will also be addressed. (3 credits) HPH 7600—Grants and Publications This course is designed to provide writing experiences that prepare the learner for manuscript and grant proposal submissions. This introductory experience into the grant process from proposal to funding to management will include project management, funding sources, and funding challenges. Other course requirements include a research proposal (manuscript) that is ready for submission for publication and development of a dissertation proposal. (3 credits) HPH 7700—Test and Measurements This course provides a foundation in the basic principles of measurement with a focus on how to assess and control for error through research designmethods and statistical analysis. Students will explore test construction and parsimonious data analysis methods to develop an understanding for designing instruments and assessment tools. A focus on issues specific to measurement error in the medical sciences will also be examined throughout the course. (3 credits) HSP 9001—Behavior Theories in Health Science The purpose of this course is to understand health behavior theories to make decisions on appropriate theories that will guide dissertation research questions and methodology, data analysis, and interpretation. This course presents behavior theories commonly used in the analysis of health care sciences research data. Emphasis is on understanding and applying these concepts and techniques to a dissertation and other research data through writing in APA style. (3 credits) HSP 9002—Survey Methodology This course introduces students to a set of principles of survey methodology that are the basis of standard practices in the field. The course provides guidelines for developing survey objectives, designing survey studies, sampling respondents, and administering surveys. Emphasis is on the skills and resources needed to design and conduct a survey. (3 credits) HPH 7220—Research Ethics This course introduces students to ethics concepts as they apply to questions and challenges in conducting research with human subjects. The aim is to increase students’ awareness of, and ability to reason through, ethical issues that arise in human subjects research. The course will draw upon historical examples, codes, declarations, and other sources of ethical guidance, including discussions of contemporary controversies in human subjects research. (3 credits) HSP 9007—Research Practicum Research Practicum requires students to conduct a research activity under faculty member supervision. Objectives include developing the ability to critically review literature, abstract salient points from literature and present them cogently, summarize conceptual and methodological issues in the literature, formulate a research problem derived from the literature, derive research hypotheses from research questions, develop a research methodology, test stated hypotheses, implement research methodology, analyze and interpret data, and write research in APA style. (4 credits)