Online course on understanding research for health professionals

Online course on understanding research


Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals is an online course conducted by the University of California San Francisco. Participants of this course will learn the elements of research methods and design that are essential to the translation of knowledge into clinical practice, administration/leadership, and health policy.

About the course

This course looks at the various aspects of research as it pertains to health.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Sections of a Research Article, Abstracts, and the Introduction of a Paper

Week 2: Methods Section - Study Designs

Week 3: Methods Section - Sample Selection, Setting, Measurement

Week 4: Methods Section -Bias, Types of Variables and Rates

Week 5: Ethical Issues, Human Subjects Committee / Institutional Review Boards, and the Discussion of a Paper

Week 6: Final Exam


This course is appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn more about the format, methodologies, and ethics of peer-reviewed research in the health professions.

Course Format

This course will consist of five weeks of lecture videos (approximately 60-90 minutes total per week), weekly homework (multiple choice exams and peer-assessed writing assignments), and a required final examination.

Course Sessions

August 18, 2014 - September 29, 2014

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