MIXED METHODS RESEARCH DESIGNS FOR HEALTH SERVICES AND POLICY RESEARCHS
This course introduces students to the major concepts and issues involved in mixed methods approaches to tackle important questions in the field of health services policy. LearnLink is used as the mode of instruction. A framework for thinking about mixed methods will be developed that provides guidance to decision-making about when and how to use mixed-methods and models to study health services and policy problems. The course will provide students with knowledge of the current controversies and major challenges in the use of mixed-methods and models of research. Students are expected to design a mixed method study as part of the course and critically evaluate the design options chosen by a classmate.
Method of Presentation of Course Material
Weekly assignments related to nine units of study presented on LearnLink with asynchronous discussion of assigned materials and other relevant materials that the instructor and students bring to the discussion. There will be two onsite class days during the term.
Students will be evaluated on their contributions to the asynchronous discussion via LearnLink (20%) and written assignments related to each unit. Unit 1 assignment (15%). The final assignment is the development of a mixed method research proposal (45%) and a critique of a classmate’s research proposal (20%).