Applied Health Services Research

For more information regarding available courses through the Applied Health Services Research program, please contact a program assistant.
Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
AHS6001 Canadian Health Systems This course proposes to give an overview of the history of the Canadian Health System and its current organization, as well as an overview of other international health system models. The key concepts that will be explored in the Canadian Health System include legislation, institutions, funding structures, human resources, and guiding values. Other issues examined will be the factors affecting health services utilization, the measurement of health outcomes and their use for accountability, and a review of health information systems in Canada and the structures and instruments within them. Finally, current issues and trends relating to the Canadian Health Care system will be reviewed. 3 ch
AHS6002 Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research This course will acquaint students with the ethical basis of health research, as well as the substantive issues that arise at the macro, meso, and micro levels in the design and conduct of research. A variety of approaches to ethical decision making will be surveyed, with particular attention given to how various approaches might apply in the context of Atlantic Canada. Standard topics will be explored in this course such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality of health information, and conflicts of interest. Special attention will be given to issues of rural/urban split, respect for the integrity of communities, and the potential abuse of expert or professional authority. 3 ch
AHS6003 Research and Evaluation Design and Methods In this course, students will become familiar with the research process with the basic aim of developing skills to critically evaluate the work of others and to understand possible approaches in the design of their own research projects. The initial emphasis in the course will be on formulating research questions and determining strategies that may be used to address a particular research theme. As the course unfolds, the approach will switch to understanding how various qualitative and quantitative research techniques may be used to address research questions that the students have posed. The students will be assessed on the critique of published research and will be required to submit written work throughout the duration of the course. One of the key features of the course is participation in class and on-line discussion. Students will target their work towards developing research questions and designing research plans to address specific questions. 3 ch
AHS6004 Determinants of Health This course will explore the development of the philosophy of the determinants of health, and identify the determinants of health and their relationship with health status. As the course unfolds, students will gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings, as well as understanding their inter-relationships. An understanding of the complexity of developing healthy public policy that addresses multiple determinants of health will be developed by students, as well as the consideration of the implications of policy from a determinants of health perspective. 3 ch
AHS6005 Policy and Decision Making In this course, students will explore the process of how Canadian Health Policy is developed, implemented and evaluated. This course will also assist in building skills in the areas of research approach, critical appraisal, policy synthesis, and briefing notes. The course will follow a case based approach to understand the implications of political, social, ethical, and economic factors/actors/stakeholders. 3 ch
AHS6006 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods This course is divided into two broad sections. In the first section, the course will explore an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches. This part will highlight some of the critical issues involved in conducting applied health related research. The second section will be an overview of statistical techniques that are appropriate to health related research. It will provide students with some basic building blocks that they can use to carry out their own research and critically evaluate the work or others. Students will be introduced to SPSS in the Quantitative Methods section (this will be used extensively in the Statistics section). 3 ch
AHS6007 Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake This course will explore the facilitators and barriers of using evidence in decision-making, as well as developing the students’ understanding of the conceptual/philosophical/theoretical underpinnings of knowledge transfer and research uptake. Students will also learn how to create ongoing/sustainable linkages with decision makers and how to share research findings to academic and non-academic audiences. This course strengthens the program by providing students with skills to interact with stakeholders to facilitate the use of evidence in decision-making. Topics explored include Evidence Based Decision Making - barriers and facilitators, and why evidence is not used in decision-making. The course will look at how to get decision-makers to use research evidence through behavioral change, social marketing, and sustainable linkages. 3 ch
AHS6008 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In this course, students will gain an understanding of the use of qualitative research methods in applied health research. Students’ skill will be developed in the qualitative data analysis of qualitative data, grant proposal writing using qualitative data, and the critique of qualitative research. Topics explored include issues in qualitative approaches such as subjects/participants, ethical issues, representativeness, data trustworthiness, bias/perspective, researcher as an instrument, the designing of an analysis template, concurrent/ono-concurrent, nudist, and ethnography. Other topics explored include theoretical approaches to analysis, such as conflict, feminist, deconstructionalist, thematic analysis, participatory action research, grounded theory, and case studies. 3 ch
AHS6009 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods This course will expose students to a variety of more advanced quantitative and statistical approaches to research methodology. The two main purposes of the course are to provide students with the tools to conduct advanced quantitative empirical research, and to provide the opportunity to develop their ability to critically evaluate the work of others. Students will learn to examine issues and develop research strategies to begin to identify and answer the important topics that need to be researched; students will design a realistic appraisal of what can be achieved and what cannot, given resource constraints. 3 ch
AHS6997 Applied Health Services Research Master's Thesis Students in the Applied Health Services Research program are required to submit and defend a thesis describing their research. Theses will be supervised by a supervisory committee and examined by an Examining Board, both of which conform to the requirements for interdisciplinary degrees administered by the School of Graduate Studies at UNB. 3 ch