Weill Cornell Community: CTSC Courses Open for Registration

Courses Available for Registration

Survey Research and Questionnaire Design
Course Director: Kenneth Griffin, PhD, MPH
Tuesdays (4:30–6:00pm)
September 9–November 18, 2014

This course provides an overview of survey research methods for health-related research with patients, providers, community members, or other population groups. Students learn the conceptual and practical aspects of collecting self-report data (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, opinions, behaviors, etc.) from research participants. Topics include measurement terminology, psychometric properties (reliability and validity), advantages and disadvantages of different assessment strategies and data collection modalities, matching research questions to variables and analysis strategies, and issues related to the recruitment and retention of participants in survey research. Existing resources for identifying psychometrically sound patient-reported outcome measures are reviewed. Practical aspects of survey design are covered including developing surveys and items, adapting existing surveys for new settings and populations, questionnaire format and layout, characteristics of good survey items, pilot testing, and ways to minimize survey and item non-response and other potential sources of bias. The course also covers procedures for scoring and analyzing survey data, with a focus on translating research hypotheses into statistical analyses. Students gain an understanding of survey research by designing a research proposal in their area of interest that involves collecting self-report data from participants. For the research proposal, students review the relevant literature, describe the study hypotheses, and present a summary of the decisions they have made about measurement strategies, survey design, and plans for recruitment, data collection, and analyses.

Qualitative Research Methods
Course Director: Laura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW
Tuesdays (3:30–5:30pm)
September 16–November 18, 2014

The course is intended to enable participants to gain a basic fluency with qualitative research methods. The sessions will consistently interweave the theoretical underpinnings of the method with concrete examples of qualitative research. The nexus between qualitative research and traditions in anthropology, sociology, and history will be explored. Most critically, the utility of qualitative methods in research or clinical practice will be examined. Data entry and analysis will also be addressed.

Genomics Workshop
Course Director: Jenny Xiang, MD
Tuesdays (4:00–5:00pm)
September 2–October 7, 2014

This course is designed to give students an overview of genomics technologies including microarray and next-generation sequencing and their applications in the biomedical field leading to design, analysis and interpretation of microarray and next-generation sequencing experiments. The course will cover all the latest techniques and theories and will be organized by a combination of lecture and practical sessions.


All are welcome to participate for credit. Registration is required. Register by August 25th by emailing ctsc_k30@med.cornell.edu

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