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Basic Research Design for Health Interventions - A Short Course: Home

Course Description

This elective course is designed to assist participants in developing community-based projects that have sound research designs and methodologies.  Participants will learn how to read and interpret medical literature; understand different study designs and choose the best one for their projects; learn how to run a basic statistical program; and learn how to appropriately interpret their statistical results and share their findings.

After the completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Target Audience:  
  • conduct a literature review on a health research topic
  • interpret journal articles in the medical literature
  • compare research study designs
  • use basic statistical software
  • analyze statistical results
  • relate study findings
  • CSL and Global Health students and mentors,
  • Kleberg Scholars,
  • MD/MPH students,
  • Humanities and Medical Education Distinction applicants, or 
  • any student or faculty on campus interested in biostatistics and research design


Session One: Literature Review: Where do I begin?

  • How to conduct a literature review for your project
  • How to read and understand research articles in the medical field

Instructor:  Chris Gaspard, MSLS, UT Health San Antonio Libraries
Date/Time: Wednesday, 8/9/17, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Library Computer Lab (Room 2.011)

*For CSL students:  Grant Applications (OPTIONAL) are due Wed. September 6! 

Session Two: Study Design Part 1: How do I set myself up for success?

  • Understanding the most common research designs
  • Understanding the biostatistics associated with each design

Instructor: Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
Date/Time: Tuesday, 9/12/17, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: MED 209L

Session Three: Study Design Part 2: What do biostatistics mean in the real world?

  • Reviewing the common research designs
  • Reviewing the statistics associated with each design
  • Reviewing how to interpret articles
  • Practicing concepts

Instructor: Barbara Taylor, MD, MS, Assistant Dean for the MD/MPH Program
Date: Thursday, 10/5/17, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: 209L

Optional Session: Drop-In Workshop: I need help with choosing the correct study design for my project!

  • One-on-one help with your project

Instructor(s): Barbara Taylor, MD, MS; Jason Rosenfeld, MPH; Melanie Stone, MPH, MEd
Date: Friday, 10/6/17, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: LIB 2.031

Session Four: Analyzing Your Data: How do I run a stats program?

  • Practice running statistics on sample data sets using Epi Info

Instructor: Jonathan Gelfond, MD, PhD, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Date: Tuesday, 11/14/17, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Library Computer Lab (Room 2.011)

Session Five: Understanding Results: How do I make sense of (and communicate) my findings?

  • Interpreting your project’s data and stats
  • Effectively communicating / translating your data

Instructor: Jonathan Gelfond, MD, PhD
Date: Thursday, 1/11/18, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: MED 209L

Optional Session: Stats Drop-In Workshop: I’ve got questions about analyzing/interpreting my data!

  • One-on-one help with your project

Instructor:  Barbara Taylor, MD, MS; Jason Rosenfeld; Melanie Stone, MPH, MEd
Date/Time: Friday, 1/12/18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Library Computer Lab (Room 2.011)

Course offered by:

Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, The Libraries, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, MD/MPH Program