This course surveys research methods in interdisciplinary global health with an emphasis on field methods. We'll focus on strategies and techniques for collecting qualitative and quantitative data in the field, then processing and analyzing it in ways that are useful for generating theory and testing hypotheses. You will field test a variety of methods, including survey research, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and grounded-theory coding techniques for natural social discourse. For your final project, you will propose, design, and pilot your own research protocol for IRB approval. The research methods we will study have their origins in sociology, public health, and anthropology and can be applied to many sociological questions outside health and medicine. What makes this course different from a less specific research methods course is that we will also take time to consider the ethical, legal, logistical, and methodological challenges inherent in doing research on health.
Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought requirement