Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative, A White Paper

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

#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 Competencies Courses / Learning Opportunities Evaluation Opportunities
Course Work/Exam Written Comps Dept Preliminary Orals School Preliminary Orals Thesis Final Defense Public Thesis Presentation Non-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 questions 300.870-1 Research and Proposal Writing Process I-II X   X X X X    
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 generalizability 140.621-4 Statistical Methods in Public Health I-IV X   X X X X    
140.651-4 Methods in Biostatistics I-IV                
300.714 Health Policy IV: Health Policy Research and Evaluation Methods                
309.715 Advanced Methods for Health Services Research: Research Design                
340.601 Principles of Epidemiology                
340.602 Intermediate Epidemiology                
3.3—Develop and implement research protocols that ensure adherence to ethical standards; prepare an application for IRB approval 306.655 Ethical Issues in Public Health X   X X X X    
306.665 Research 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 hypotheses 300.714 Health Policy IV: Introduction to Health Policy Research and Evaluation Methods X   X X X      
309.715 Advanced Methods for Health Services Research: Research Design                
30X.820 Thesis Research                
3.5—Analyze data using appropriate epidemiological, statistical, economic, or qualitative research techniques 140.621-4 Statistical Methods in Public Health I-IV X       X      
140.651-4 Methods in Biostatistics I-IV                
140.658 Statistics for Psychosocial Research: Structural Models                
224.690-1 Qualitative Research I-II                
309.716 Advanced Methods for Health Services Research: Analysis                
309.820 Thesis Research Health Services Research                
313.630 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Techniques                
313.631 Cost-Effectiveness, Cost Utility and Their Applications                
313.640-1 Introduction to Health Economics I-II                
313.642-3 Introduction to Microeconomics I-II                
330.657 Statistics for Psychosocial Research: Measurement                
340.601 Principles of Epidemiology                
340.602 Intermediate 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 findings 309.820 Thesis Research Health Services Research         X X X  
Final Defense                
Public Thesis Presentation                
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Internet Citation: Appendix F. Core Competencies and Learning and Evaluation Opportunities (continued). October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/learningcollab/learningapf3.html