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The overarching purpose of the module is to provide an overview of key concepts in public health-related research including study design, data collection and analysis, and collaboration. It consists of a total of seven topic-specific content blocks and an optional eighth block. Each block contains a 15-20 minute lecture video with slides and at least one required or supplemental reading.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess the scientific literature, including consideration of study design, data collection methods, and outcomes.
  2. Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative research, including strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Explain the concepts of internal and external validity, including common threats to each (e.g., maturation and selection).
  4. Describe how to conduct a systematic search of the scientific literature.