Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals

Participants 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.

The course objectives are as follows:
  1. Summarize the format of research articles and the research methods included in each section of an article.
  2. Analyze and critique research questions, study design, methods including sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, measures, and analysis plan, results, discussion and interpretation of findings.
  3. Compare and contrast different quantitative study designs.
  4. Analyze the validity and reliability of measures.
  5. Understand the ethical and cultural issues related to research methods.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class? 

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will have the opportunity to receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

  • Is this class eligible for Signature Track? 

Yes. Prior to the beginning of the class, and during the first two weeks, students may sign up for Signature Track to earn a Verified Certificate. Details on Signature Track are available from Coursera in their Signature Track Guidebook.

  • Will Continuing Education credit for practicing physicians be available for this class? 

No, Continuing Education credit will not be available for students participating in this course.

Recommended Background

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.