Upcoming Course Highlights

SHDH 288: Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
Fall 1
Dr. Roberta E. Goldman
2.5 credits
Fri, 9:30 am-12:20 pm

Qualitative research methods are increasingly used alone or in combination with quantitative methods to investigate public health questions.This introductory-level course covers diverse qualitative research approaches, the nuts and bolts of choosing and using qualitative methods, and applications of these methods for public health research. Course topics include: developing theory-based research questions for qualitative inquiry; “entering” the community to design and conduct qualitative research; applying theory to study design and developing open-ended questions; ensuring study validity, credibility and rigor; data collection methods (including semi-structured interviews, focus groups, participant observation); choosing qualitative methods for mixed-methods qualitative/qualitative or qualitative/quantitative studies; sampling; data management, coding and analysis; publishing results; and writing qualitative research proposals. Students will be required to read assigned materials, participate in class discussions, apply concepts covered in class by collecting and analyzing qualitative data for written assignments, critique qualitative works, and propose a qualitative study.

SHDH 502: Neighborhood Intervention Health: Critical Approaches
Fall 2
Dr. Jim Dunn
2.5 credits

This course examines the emerging literature on neighborhood- and area-based interventions to improve health, well-being and social determinants of health, as well as reducing social inequalities in health, with a focus on the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. The first part of the course will introduce the literature on neighborhoods and health. In the second part of the course we will examine the literature on neighborhoods, focusing on the intellectual history of the idea, definitions, conceptual and theoretical models of neighborhoods and methods for analyzing neighborhoods empirically. Finally, we will scan and critically analyze the research on neighborhood interventions and their outcomes, with a focus on their impacts on social and health outcomes. The course will readings, group discussion, and individual inquiry, to examine the potential of neighborhood-based policy and intervention for improving health and reducing health disparities in urban contexts. Although this course is also concerned with practical questions related to policy and programs, these have their roots in particular conceptions of neighborhoods and their impact on health and social dynamics, so a critical awareness of strengths and limitations of various approaches to neighborhood interventions will be encouraged.

SHDH 274: Evidence-Based Worksite Health
NEW Winter Session Course
Dr. Nicolaas P. Pronk
1.25 credits

This course is designed to provide students with skills in identification of evidence of effectiveness in worksite health, translation of evidence into practice-based design principles, and application of health promotion and occupational safety and health strategies. An overview of population health management, health and productivity management, and the integration of health promotion and health protection in the context of the workplace are central to the course. Topics addressed include methods and approaches related to best practice characteristics, assessment of health risks, organizational policies and practices, safety climate issues, psychosocial work factors, outcome measurement, financial impact of worksite health programs, and processes of translating research into practice. A model of work organization will be used to place health promotion and health protection factors in context. Case study discussion will be used to support the discussion.