Appendix F. Core Competencies and Learning and Evaluation Opportunities (continued)

Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative

#3—Conduct research from conception of ideas through study design, selection and application of appropriate analytic methods, interpretation of results, and publication of findings. 

Specific CompetenciesCourses / Learning OpportunitiesEvaluation Opportunities
Course Work/ExamWritten CompsDept Preliminary OralsSchool Preliminary OralsThesisFinal DefensePublic Thesis PresentationNon-Thesis Research
3.1—Pose innovative and unique research questions, informed by structured reviews of the literature and relevant theoretical and conceptual models; formulate testable hypotheses to address these questions300.870-1Research and Proposal Writing Process I-IIX XXXX  
Written Proposal for Thesis Committee Approval        
3.2—Select appropriate experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational study designs to address specific research questions and be able to argue in favor of a specific design as the most appropriate; design studies to minimize bias and maximize generalizability140.621-4Statistical Methods in Public Health I-IVX XXXX  
140.651-4Methods in Biostatistics I-IV        
300.714Health Policy IV: Health Policy Research and Evaluation Methods        
309.715Advanced Methods for Health Services Research: Research Design        
340.601Principles of Epidemiology        
340.602Intermediate Epidemiology        
3.3—Develop and implement research protocols that ensure adherence to ethical standards; prepare an application for IRB approval306.655Ethical Issues in Public HealthX XXXX  
306.665Research Ethics and Integrity        
Written Proposal for Thesis Committee Approval        
IRB Application to JHSPH CHR for Thesis Research        
3.4—Obtain appropriate data sources from which sufficient variables can be validly measured to operationalize study constructs necessary for testing specific hypotheses300.714Health Policy IV: Introduction to Health Policy Research and Evaluation MethodsX XXX   
309.715Advanced Methods for Health Services Research: Research Design        
30X.820Thesis Research        
3.5—Analyze data using appropriate epidemiological, statistical, economic, or qualitative research techniques140.621-4Statistical Methods in Public Health I-IVX   X   
140.651-4Methods in Biostatistics I-IV        
140.658Statistics for Psychosocial Research: Structural Models        
224.690-1Qualitative Research I-II        
309.716Advanced Methods for Health Services Research: Analysis        
309.820Thesis Research Health Services Research        
313.630Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Techniques        
313.631Cost-Effectiveness, Cost Utility and Their Applications        
313.640-1Introduction to Health Economics I-II        
313.642-3Introduction to Microeconomics I-II        
330.657Statistics for Psychosocial Research: Measurement        
340.601Principles of Epidemiology        
340.602Intermediate Epidemiology        
3.6—Communicate research findings in oral and written form; place research findings in the context of current knowledge; identify limitations and further areas for research; discuss policy implications and public health significance of findings309.820Thesis Research Health Services Research    XXX 
Final Defense        
Public Thesis Presentation        
Page last reviewed October 2012
Internet Citation: Appendix F. Core Competencies and Learning and Evaluation Opportunities (continued): Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/learningcollab/learningapf3.html