Course Descriptions – PhD HPER

HAD6500H: Essential Skills in HPER
HAD6501H: Introduciton to Methods/Methodologies for HPER
HAD6502H: Survey of Critical & Interpretive Social Science Theory for HPER
HAD6503H: Survey of Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences Theory
HAD6504H: Intermediate Critical & Interpretive Social Science Methods
HAD6505H: Intermediate Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences Methods
HAD6560H: HPER Comprehensive Exam Course

HAD6500H

Course Number HAD6500H
Course Name Essential Skills in HPER
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Bi-weekly
Semester Offered Fall
Instructor Joanne Goldman / Shiphra Ginsburg
Description: This course will focus on professional development. Students will be equipped with information and experiences on how to write a successful grant applications, ethics application, how to write abstracts and papers, oral presentations skills, career planning, and will encourage critical reading of the health professions literature.
Objectives:

  1. To identify common skills necessary for success in an academic field.
  2. To describe the process of building and sustaining a research program.
  3. To understand how to effectively communicate research ideas.
Evaluation: The assessment for the course will be based on 4 parts: 10% class participation; 40% reflective writing activities; 20% serve as a discussant and 30% oral presentation.

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HAD6501H

Course Number HAD6501H
Course Name Introduction to Methods/Methodologies for HPER
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Weekly
Semester Offered Fall
Instructor Mathieu Albert
Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram
Description: This course addresses educational research approaches specifically in the health professions. It involves a critical examination of appropriate literature with respect to survey, qualitative and quantitative research methods with the objective of enabling students to propose implementable research projects.
Objectives:

  1. Describe common research areas and approaches in HPER
  2. Situate their own research interests in a domain (including philosophical, underpinnings, relevant literatures and commonly used methodologies)
  3. Understand the process of planning and designing common research methodologies in HPER
Evaluation: The assessment for the course will consist of 4 parts: 10% Participation in class discussion & group work (based on assigned readings), 25% Discussion Paper (2000 words), 20% Paper of the Decade (1500 – 2000 words), 5% Editorial Response (max 500 words), 30% Research Proposal (max 3 pages single spaced), 10% Debate

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HAD6502H

Course Number HAD6502H
Course Name Survey of Critical & Interpretive Social Science Theory for HPER
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Weekly
Semester Offered Winter
Instructor Tina Martimianakis / Nancy McNaughton
Description: The course will provide an overview of key theories and theorists in the Critical and Interpretive Social Sciences, as well as how they have been applied in the interdisciplinary field of Health Professions Education Research (HPER).
Objectives:

  1. Learners will be able to describe relevant theories within the field of Critical and Interpretive Social Sciences.
  2. Learners will be able to relate these theories to the field of Health Professions Education.
  3. Learners will demonstrate the ability to apply Critical and Interpretive Social Science theories to their specific research interests
Evaluation: The assessment for the course will consist of 5 parts: 30% Critiques, 15% Paper proposal, 30% for a Final paper, and 15% for a Final oral presentation, 10% Class participation

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HAD6503H

Course Number HAD6503H
Course Name Survey of Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences Theory
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Weekly
Semester Offered Winter
Instructor Nikki Woods
Description: The course will provide an overview of key theories and theorists in the Cognitive, Behavioural, and Epidemiological Sciences, as well as how they have been applied in the interdisciplinary field of Health Professions Education Research (HPER).
Objectives:

  1. Describe key theories from the Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences that inform health professions education research (HPER).
  2. Explain how key theories in the Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences are applied and justified in HPER.
  3. Compare and contrast theories either between or within the Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences, including their impact on study design and interpretation of results.
  4. Apply Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences theories to a specific research question and preliminary study design.
Evaluation: The assessment for the course will consist of 5 parts: 30% Critiques, 15% Paper proposal, 30% for a Final paper, and 15% for a Final oral presentation, 10% Class participation.

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HAD6504H

Course Number HAD6504H
Course Name Intermediate Critical & Interpretive Social Science Methods
Prerequisite HAD6501H
Delivery Format Weekly
Semester Offered Winter
Instructor Maria Mylopoulos
Description: This course will immerse students into the variety of research methodologies and methods social scientists use in HPE research. The course will start with a brief review of the theories underlying critical and interpretive social science research. Students will be asked to synthesize this learning and present and justify a research proposal in written and verbal format.
Objectives:

  1. Describe common critical and interpretive social science research methodologies
  2. Identify appropriate methodologies in relation to HPE research questions
  3. Identify appropriate data collection and analysis approaches in relation to HPE research questions
  4. Draft, present, and justify a research proposal consistent with expectations in the critical and interpretive social sciences
Evaluation: The assessment for the course will consist of 4 parts: 10% Participation in class discussion & group work (based on assigned readings), 30% Research Proposal draft (max 3 pages single spaced), 40% Research Proposal edited based on instructor feedback (max 3 pages single spaced), 20% Research Proposal Presentation

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HAD6505H

Course Number HAD6505H
Course Name Intermediate Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences Methods
Prerequisite HAD6501H
Delivery Format Weekly
Semester Offered Winter
Instructor Ryan Brydges / Walter Tavares
Description: This course will expose students to the variety of research methodologies and methods used in HPE research that are influenced by the theories underlying Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological sciences.
Objectives:

  1. Describe common Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological Sciences research methodologies
  2. Identify appropriate methodologies to guide strong HPE research questions
  3. Identify appropriate data collection and analysis approaches for HPE research questions.
  4. Draft, present, and justify a research proposal consistent with expectations in the Cognitive, Behavioural & Epidemiological sciences.
Evaluation: The assessment for the course will consist of 4 parts: 10% Participation in class discussion & group work (based on assigned readings), 30% Research Proposal draft (max 3 pages single spaced), 40% Research Proposal edited based on instructor feedback (max 5 pages single spaced), 20% Research Proposal Presentation

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HAD6560H

Course Number HAD6560H
Course Name HPER Comprehensive Exam Course
Prerequisite HAD6500H; HAD6501H; HAD6502H or HAD6505H or with permission of the instructors
Delivery Format Compressed into five sessions (see timetable for specific dates)
Semester Offered Fall
Instructor Ayelet Kuper  / Cynthia Whitehead
Description: The course will address current controversies, established areas of research, and emerging ideas in Health Professions Education Research (HPER). The sessions will provide an overview of the wide range of disciplinary and substantive areas within HPER and will include analyses of the assumptions and presuppositions (about research, knowledge, education, and health professional practice) that underpin research in each of these areas (and the implications of those assumptions or presuppositions for limiting or strengthening that research).
Objectives:
By the end of the course:

  1. Learners will be able to describe a range of substantive and disciplinary areas of research within HPER.
  2. Learners will be able to relate the controversies and advances in several of those areas to their own research program.
  3. Learners will be able to identify and analyse the assumptions and presuppositions implicit in academic work (including their own).
Evaluation: The assessment for the course will consist of 3 parts: 30% Analysis Papers,  50% for the Final Paper, 20% for the Oral Presentation

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