McMaster University

McMaster University

GDCE Courses

HRM 771 — Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods (Online)

HRM-771 is a mandatory course in the online GDCE program. This course is designed to introduce methodological issues to help you critically read scientific reports of health research. It will introduce you to the major components of research activities, including: study designs, selection of study populations, choice of measuring instruments, formulation of research questions, and study interpretation issues such as determination of causality and the effectiveness of clinical and community interventions.

prerequisites- Enrolment in GDCE or special permission from GDCE Director; antirequisite HRM *721

HRM 772 — Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials (Online)

HRM-772 is a mandatory GDCE course in the online GDCE program. The course aims to help students better understand RTC methodology and is especially essential for aspiring clinical trial researchers. The goal is to introduce participants to the main elements of study design, execution and analysis with emphasis on the formulation of appropriate research questions and clinical trial design. The course is conducted online and utilizes interactive learning modules, required readings, discussion boards, tutorials and hand-in assignments (weekly and end of course final project).

Prerequisite- Enrolment in GDCE or special permission  from GDCE Director;  antirequisite HRM *730

HRM 773 — Systematic Review Methods (Online)

HRM-773 is a mandatory course in the online GDCE program. This online course is about research synthesis and focuses on comparisons between alternative interventions. Interactive learning modules, required readings, discussion boards, tutorials, and assignments will be used to highlight steps in the systematic review process including: searching for potentially relevant articles; selecting primary studies using explicit, reproducible criteria; appraisal of study architecture; quantitative data synthesis; and interpretation. Students in this course must first identify a suitable research question and find a partner for their review. The course is structured around the steps of executing a systematic review and students are expected to apply the knowledge they gain on an ongoing basis to complete their own systematic review by the end of the course.

Prerequisite — Enrolment in GDCE or special permission  from GDCE Director;  antirequisite HRM *743

HRM 774 — Introduction to Biostatistics (Online)

HRM-774 is a mandatory course in the online GDCE program. This fully-online course utilizes problems, published presentations, discussion boards, quizzes and tutorials to explore basic statistical concepts and techniques as they apply to analysis and presentation of data encountered in biostatistical and epidemiology practice. The course covers: graphical presentation of data, elementary probability, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, and introduces hypothesis testing using parametric and non-parametric methods. 

Prerequisite — Enrolment in GDCE or special permission  from GDCE Director;  antirequisite HRM *702

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