HCM 4308: Research Methods for Health Professionals


Research Methods for Health Professionals focuses on basic concepts of statistics such as measures of central tendency and variability; concepts of test validity, reliability, and objectivity; and on basic techniques used in inferential statistics. This course will also examine the basic components required for designing, conducting, and interpreting health-related research. Topics discussed include research design, methodologies, observational studies, experimental and quasi-experimental design, inherent biases, ethical considerations, use of primary and secondary data, and statistical techniques.


  1. Analyze peer reviewed materials for health professionals to examine trends and issues in health care.
  2. Apply various types of research study designs to health care research.
  3. Evaluate ethical issues related to research methods in health care.
  4. Analyze practical means to ensure the integrity of health care research methods.
  5. Describe a variety of techniques that may be used with data collection in health-related research.
  6. Examine the types of primary and secondary analysis used in research methods.


  1. HCM 1301
  2. HCM 3002


Principles of evaluation and research for health care programs

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning (2015)
Author: Perrin, K.M.
ISBN: 9781449674366
Price: $98.03

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