BMI 5351 Research Design and Evaluation in Biomedical Informatics

Enrollment for MS and PhD students only
Certificate students may enroll with instructor consent
(web-based and classroom instruction)
3 semester credit hours/meets part of research informatics competencies

This course provides the student the opportunity to develop more advanced competencies in the design, analysis, interpretation and critical evaluation of experimental, quasi-experimental, pre-experimental and qualitative biomedical informatics research and evaluation studies. The student will identify flaws or weaknesses in research and evaluation designs, choose which of several designs most appropriately tests a stated hypothesis or controls variables potentially jeopardizing validity, and analyze and interpret research and evaluation results. Through exposure to the basic “building block” designs, students will have the opportunity to develop the competence to appropriately choose and use the most important and frequently used design procedures for single or multifactor research or evaluation studies.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Perform systematic literature reviews that identify research gaps in important healthcare area.
  • Critically review and analyze relevant healthcare literature related to health informatics, management, policy, and medicine from top academic journals.
  • Identify the dominant quantitative and qualitative health study designs.
  • Apply methodological rigor to conduct independent research.
  • Prepare a scientific publication-suitable article.
  • Compose hypotheses and research questions that clearly articulate theory development and methodologies for conducting research.
  • Demonstrate writing and presentation skills in quantitative and qualitative research.