MSIA Research Emphasis Courses

FMED 807. Qualitative Research in Primary Care

2 cr. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the principles and methods of qualitative research as applied to the primary care setting. Topics covered include: types of research questions appropriate for qualitative research; qualitative study designs, sampling strategies; data collection and measurement; data analysis; writing up qualitative research results for publication. Prereq: permission of instructor. 

FMED 808. Quantitative Research in Primary Care

2 cr. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles and methods of quantitative research as applied to the primary care setting. Topics covered include: developing effective research questions; literature review, study design; sampling, data measurement and collection; analysis. Prereq: permission of instructor. 

UNL EDUC 800. Foundations of Educational Research

3 cr. Purposes and characteristics of research process, selection of research problems in education and social sciences, critical review of published research, research ethics and institutional review, sampling methods, threats to validity in research. Prereq or concurrent: Biostatistics I.Top of page image

PSM 806. Biostatistics I

3 cr. This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies. Prereq: graduate standing, degree-seeking students.  

PSM 808. Biostatistics II

3 cr. This course is designed to prepare the student to understand and apply advanced biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical investigations. The major topics to be covered include multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, logistic regression, survival analysis, and repeated measures analysis. The statistical software package SPSS will be used for all analyses. Prereq: P-SM 806 or permission of instructor. 

PHYS 814. Scientific Writing

2 cr. This course prepares students for writing grant proposals, manuscripts of scientific papers and other types of scientific writing. Computer lab offers additional practice plus opportunity to criticize each other’s work. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

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 PSM 820. Epidemiology Theory and Application

3 cr. The course objective is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiologic question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis, doing a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study. 

PSM 825. Health Care Ethics

2 cr. This course uses selected topics to outline the history, theory, and methods of health care ethics. It is intended as a core course for graduate students in ethics and related fields, bioethics teachers, administrators, policy-makers, clinicians, and health professions students. 

FMED 899. Master’s Thesis

(credit hours vary) This course includes the design and implementation of a research project to address a primary care health issue; completing an Institutional Review Board application; completing a thesis proposal; completing data collection and analysis; and writing and submitting a thesis containing the results of the research project for acceptance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.Top of page image

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